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For July 4th or even better, a random time or boring season:

...my uncle loved going for car rides when the weather was cooperative. Once a week, rather than visiting him in his nursing home room as I did on other days, I’d pick him up and we’d drive around to look at flowering trees and bushes in the community. My uncle particularly enjoyed the spring crab apple blossoms that reminded him of the two decades he and my aunt had spent living out east. Later in the year, we’d drive around local college campuses and neighborhoods to enjoy the summer blooms, and later still, we’d take in the fall colors. Nearly every ride included a stop at Dairy Queen for a treat on the way back to the nursing home. Those times were our way of sharing a picnic.

My approach was a little different with my parents. They had a close-knit group of good friends they’d enjoyed for years, so after Mom and Dad both moved to the nursing home, I tried to continue some of their traditions together.

I’d reserve a small conference room at the facility so I could host pizza parties for my parents and their friends. It took some effort to get everyone together, but the staff helped. We all enjoyed the casual fun, good company, and familiar food.

Read the full article on Agingcare for some ideas to provide your older adults in care facilities the joy of a picnic any time of year:

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