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Birthday Ideas for Seniors

Updated on June 15, 2011

Entertainment for Seniors

Birthday parties for senior citizens can be quite entertaining. Gone are the days when seniors stayed home, drank tea, read newspapers, and chatted with the occasional family member, or friend, who stopped by to pass along birthday greetings.

These days, many seniors want part of the action. Not so many years ago, a 50- year-old was considered a senior citizen. Nowadays, 50 is considered to be middle-aged while a senior is anyone 65 or older. Regardless of age, some older people take better care of themselves, have better genetics, and can be as exuberant as a 10-year-old. It depends on the individual's health and state of mind.

My Grandmother: Nan Nichol

My Grandmother: Nan Nichol
My Grandmother: Nan Nichol

Seniors living in nursing homes

When planning birthday parties for seniors who reside in nursing homes - depending upon dietary restrictions - a bouquet of flowers, a card and cake would be appreciated.

Be sure to bring enough cake so all residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a piece.

When things have settled down, be sure to give the birthday man/woman some undivided attention before heading home.

Seniors who are temporarily, or terminally, ill...

When seniors are ill, whether temporarily or terminally, it can be enough just to visit with them briefly, perhaps bringing a bunch of flowers to brighten their surroundings. They will feel special knowing that you care.

A hug and loving smile reaches their heart just as well.

Out-going seniors

Wanting part of the action...

When planning birthday parties for out-going senior women, compile a list of their closet friends and family members. Send out invitations asking guests to join in on the festivities, to be held in a private dining room at a chosen restaurant or resort. Share funny stories so everyone will go home with hearts filled with laughter. Another fond memory will be added to the repertoire.

Ideas for the birthday lady

Especially if she loves the opera or watching other performances...

When senior birthday ladies love to attend the occasional symphony or opera performance, if there is such an event in the area, it might be a nice idea for all invited guests to contribute toward the cost. Everyone can go out for a coffee and donut later to discuss their feelings about the performance they had just seen and to catch up with each other's lives.

Ideas for the birthday guy

Go fishing or watch a race...

Planning birthday parties for senior men can be more daunting since many of them don't want the added attention. However, all men love to spend time with their closest buddies. What better gift to give senior men than a day or evening with their fishing buddies? Book time at a fishing lodge so the men can relax, fish, eat, and have good conversation.

When senior men love to watch races, whether it be horses or cars, contribute toward the cost and enjoy an evening in the great outdoors. The men will be tense and nervous, often rising from their seats when the person they are cheering for begins to lag behind. Other times, they will have their fists raised in the air as though triumph is just around the corner. Whether they return home with suntans or sunburns, they will have enjoyed the day doing what they love most with people they enjoy being around.

Knowing one is important makes all the difference

These are only a few examples of ways to celebrate the lives of senior citizens. Regardless of the chosen method, the crucial thing to remember is that senior citizens are important, whether healthy or ill, and they should know just how important they are every day of the year - not only on their birthdays.

If you have other ideas you would like to see added, please be sure to share your idea/s with me.



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      6 years ago

      @jolou: So true! I work with Senior's as co-ordinator and even today I overheard one man telling everyone he had a BD today and his age.. Made a cake for him and he was delighted to be recognized.

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      6 years ago

      At my father's 90h birthday the family sang him a customised adaptation of Julie Andrews' "My favourite things", which she herself adapted for her 70th birthday. We nuanced it to include all his pet likes and dislikes, including our perception of him and his habits. It was hilarious - and he was over the moon..

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for all the ideas! :)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, really enjoyed it!

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      8 years ago

      I hope I don't have to end up at a nursing home. But if I do, I hope my kids make sure it's a nice one. There are several nice one's out there.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I went to the nursing home to a birthday party for my 90 yr old cousin just last week. It was a lot of fun! My grandson and a friend of his went with me and they had fun, too. Blessed.

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great ideas! thanks for sharing them!

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      8 years ago

      Great fun ideas

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      8 years ago

      Everyone wants to have their birthday acknowledged, regardless of their age. I think flowers and plants are especially appreciated. Nice idea for a lens.

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      8 years ago

      Sweet idea for a lens Norma. I'm going to lensroll this the Happy Birthdays Shelly...a virtual birthday card lens I made for her b-day one year. We do get to chatting on there, and have fun mostly all by ourselves. Cute lens!

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      9 years ago

      @BarbRad: I couldn't agree with you more. :)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      9 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Thanks for the lensroll. I agree and will lensroll this to my lens on sharing Valentine love with seniors. In looking over your lens list, I see we have a lot of common interests. I'm glad to have discovered you, and expect to real a lot more of your lenses as soon as time permits. I liked your ideas in this lens, and was planning to go add some more of the "personal touch" ideas to mine when I had time. Maybe if people read both our lenses they will at least take away the idea how important it is to let those near the end of their lives know that they still matter to us.


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