The traditions of green clothing, green food, pinches and good luck shamrocks are some of the most well-known characteristics of St. Patrick’s Day. But, St. Patrick’s Day is an important day for the Irish as it commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.
St. Patrick’s Day is also an important day for many to reconnect and celebrate their roots. That’s why, it’s important to remember seniors and people with disabilities as we celebrate the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day. Here are just a few ideas for ways to include those in our communities who may struggle to get to celebrations.
1 – Volunteer to take a senior to a St. Patrick’s Day parade or celebration. The simple act of transporting your elderly neighbor to a celebration may be the perfect way to bring some luck into your relationship.
2 – Host a home or apartment crawl with seniors. This idea is a little more involved, but a great way to bring seniors and people with disabilities together to celebrate in traditional Irish fashion.
3 – St. Patrick’s Day board games. Bring seniors and vulnerable adults together for an evening filled with Irish-themed games. Select games like Pictionary or Charades. eHow offers great ideas for an Irish-themed game of Pictionary.
4 – Host a “green” dinner party. If you’re up for hosting your neighbors, a green-food themed dinner party is sure to please. Simply use food coloring to dye everything not normally green, green.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – may the luck o’ the Irish be with you.