If your church or youth group is looking for a great service project or your family wants to provide their elders with a holiday reminiscent of their past, make certain that you include the seniors in the planning process. Thanksgiving means something to all of us, it just may have been celebrated with a different twist. That twist may just make it all the more special for the older crowd.
If you are participating as part of a larger project, it is good to have a meeting with the seniors that want to be involved. This way they not only feel as though they have a say in the celebration, but it gives the extra to look forward to because meeting more than once gives them a sense of purpose; something they may feel they have lost over the years.
Some of the factors that may want to be included in the meeting would be what foods and drinks they would like to see at the Thanksgiving celebration, if they would like to have other activities or entertainment, who they would like to have attend (if this is for a senior center, don’t leave anyone out please), and who will help prepare the food for the occasion. Perhaps some of these individuals would like a chance to get their hands dirty again. People used to cook and bake at home; perhaps you may even be able to pick up a tip or two along the way!
Letting seniors participate allows them to feel important; to feel needed again. It is a great way to display the fact that you believe With Age Comes Respect!