5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day in Assisted Living

Veterans of World War II

Memorial Day is so much more than a holiday – it’s a time to remember those who have died while serving our country and celebrate what we stand for. Here are some great ideas for celebrating Memorial Day in assisted living with your loved ones, from our assisted living team in South Jersey.

#1 – A moment of silence

At 3 pm local time, it’s traditional that everyone across the USA has a moment of remembrance for those who died in the line of duty. Anyone can join in, and you can have a local musician follow the moment of silence with the traditional Taps bugle call.

#2 – An informal gathering

After the moment of silence, it’s time to share stories, reminisce, and enjoy each other’s company! A casual gathering for residents, staff, and volunteers can be a wonderful way to connect with other veterans in the assisted living community and spend time with friends and family. Tea and coffee with cake and light snacks are the perfect accompaniment to this gathering.

#3 – Stream a Memorial Day parade

Many residents in assisted living won’t be able to attend parades in person, so it’s a great idea to set up a screening space in the restaurant or communal room and live-stream parades from around the country. Usually, there’s a great national broadcast program too, and this can be played on TVs or computers in communal living areas.

#4 – Crafting, games, and themed activities

Leading up to Memorial Day, seniors can get involved in making décor and crafts for the holiday, including remembrance poppies, yellow ribbons, and bunting. As part of the day’s events, you can include a range of activities that are social and easy for all abilities, including games of dominoes and chess, cornhole, beanbag toss, and even croquet. Make sure there are plenty of baked treats and foods to enjoy through the event, like cherry or apple pie, hot dogs, watermelon, and other American classics!

#5 – Invite speakers and veterans from your local community

A good speaker can be a wonderful attraction for seniors in assisted living, so chat with your community to find veterans who would like to do a public speaking event for your assisted living family. You can also have local, younger veterans come and visit your seniors to spend time together and participate in your Memorial Day event. This is a great way to show appreciation to veterans and their families who are in assisted living and your larger community and shows what Memorial Day is really all about.

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