As I stated earlier, elderly individuals love children and sometimes have no resource to being around them. Celebrating Thanksgiving with children can build a renewed spirit and give seniors a spring back to their step! It is a great way to build community involvement, too, with church groups, boy and girls scout troops, etc.
If you really want to go all out, you could choose to do a Thanksgiving community feast. With this type of activity, you could take the tradition all the way back to the time of the Pilgrims and Indians by making homemade butter, baking bread, serving corn bread and apple butter, just to mention a few ideas.
Then, invite the children to participate in the day’s activities by wearing festive costumes representing the first Thanksgiving; in Pilgrim or Native American wears. Kids love to dress up and it will give the seniors something to think about long after the holiday is finished.
In order to get as many individuals involved as possible, send out written invitations. The seniors can lend a hand with that and will get a kick out of how many more people will attend once formally invited rather than by word of mouth. The more the merrier is always alright with me! Besides, the more people that attend, the more people will be able to learn how nice it is to have the seniors invited. It will be a way for them to learn that With Age Comes Respect!