Each year on Memorial Day, U.S. citizens everywhere take time out to honor those who served their country in the Armed Forces. Memorial Day is a time to be grateful for our freedom and to show our deepest gratitude for those who have sacrificed their lives to ensure that freedom continues to exist.
If you are a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), you may wonder how best to celebrate this Memorial Day. In keeping with tradition and in order to avoid the commercialism that accompanies many holidays today, here are some suggestions of 10 activities to do with your loved one this Memorial Day;
Activities to Celebrate Memorial Day with A Loved One with Alzheimer’s
1. Call or SKYPE a friend or family member who served in the Armed Forces and thank him/her
2. Display photos of a family member who served in the military
3. Go to a local parade or watch one on Television together
4. Gather flowers from the garden and make arrangements to decorate burial grounds of a loved one
5. Display a U.S. flag, wartime mementos or service uniform of a loved one who served in the military
6. Make a red white and blue healthy cake with strawberries and blueberries
7. Tell stories about a loved one who is remembered on Memorial Day
8. Look at photographs taken during military service and talk about honors received
9. Get involved in a local VFW fundraising event
10.Visit the local cemetery to decorate or clean-up graves
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