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Tips For Hosting a Birthday Party for a Senior Loved One


If your senior loved one's birthday is coming up, it is time to celebrate! While there are some things you will want to take into consideration, a well-planned birthday celebration can be very special and meaningful for your loved one. Careage Senior Living has put together some helpful tips to make sure you throw a memorable and enjoyable party this year.

Make it Special

The most important tip is to find a way to make the celebration truly special for your senior loved one. Seniors can often feel forgotten and overlooked, so a birthday celebration is a great time to show your loved one they are deeply cared for and loved. Make sure to invite close family and friends that your loved one will enjoy connecting with during the party, and plan to incorporate some of your senior's favorite things into the theme and gifts.

Keep it Simple

You might be inclined to plan lots of activities and surprises to make the day special, but that might be overwhelming for your senior loved one. A good strategy is to have plenty of options available for activities but to avoid over-scheduling the event. If your loved one and guests are happy simply visiting, they should be able to enjoy their conversations without feeling obligated to participate in scheduled activities. Being able to go with the flow will ensure your loved one has a celebration they can enjoy on their own terms.

Choose an Appropriate Venue

Make sure to host the event at a location that is easily accessible for your loved one and other senior guests. Wheelchair access, ramps, comfortable restrooms, and easy parking are all important to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable. If your senior loved one lives in a senior living community, having it there will be easy and comfortable for all.

Consider Time of Day

Keep the time in mind when planning your celebration. Choose a time of day that allows your loved one to adhere as closely to their regular schedule as possible. Many seniors enjoy a nap during the day and get to bed early, so keep that in mind when you schedule the time for the party.

Birthday celebrations can be an excellent time for your senior loved one to enjoy the company of close friends and family. Taking the time to plan and host an event can be an endearing way to show your loved one how much they mean to you and your guests. If you are interested in more tips or would like to learn more about senior living in general, keep an eye on the Careage Blog.


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