Father’s Day is approaching, and, considering that the last couple of years have made it hard to celebrate with loved ones, you may want to make this one extra special for your dad or granddad. Whether your loved one lives in their own home or a senior living community, here are some fun ways to celebrate with them this year:
For the Dad who Wants to Get Out and About
Weather and health permitting, a Father’s Day Sunday can be the perfect opportunity for spending a relaxing day out with Dad. If you share a passion for golfing or fishing, pack a picnic lunch, and you’re good to go. Otherwise, here are some options for easy day trips:
- Take Dad for lunch and watch a ballgame at a local sports bar or restaurant.
- Is Dad a history buff? Check out some local historical walks or trails, or head to a nearby museum.
- If it’s a hot day, take a stroll around your local indoor shopping mall. This is an excellent option if the grandkids are tagging along. Grab some ice cream and relax in the air conditioning!
- Movie matinees are another great option if the weather’s not cooperating or if mobility is a concern.
- Treat Dad to an old-fashioned cut and a shave at his favorite barbershop.
- Invite Dad over for a family barbecue. Sharing a meal at home can be a great way for Dad to relax, indulge in some favorite foods, and spend quality family time.
For the Dad Who Likes to Stay In
It’s not always easy for some seniors to be out and about. If Dad is better off celebrating the day in his home or senior living community, here are ways to make the day special:
- Make a slideshow on your laptop or iPad. Select some family photos he would love, set them to his favorite music, and enjoy watching it together.
- Games are always a fun activity, whether it’s just you visiting or you’ve got grandkids joining. Charades, Uno, chess, cards, even a poker game – it might also be a fun time for Dad to teach the grandkids one of his favorite games.
- Does Dad like to work with his hands? Bring him a project to work on together, such as wood or brass polishing, small furniture repair, or a model airplane.
- If Dad lives in a senior living community, arrange to have lunch or dinner there. The simple act of sitting and eating together can be a nice way to relax and connect.
- Alternatively, bring Dad his favorite take-out. If there’s a restaurant he really loves and misses going to, grab his favorite meal on your way and eat it together in his room.
- Start your own book group together. Bring Dad a book he’d be interested in and plan to meet back up in a few weeks to discuss. It’ll guarantee another visit for you both to look forward to!
For more helpful Father’s Day ideas, head to the Daily Caring site.