Australia Day Celebrations

Activities for Seniors | By Debbie Davison
Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia celebrating the arrival of the First Fleet into Port Jackson New South Wales on the 26th of January 1788. So on Australia Day, seniors in aged care love to celebrate by doing what Aussie’s love to do.

This article will give you some ideas to help get your Australia Day celebrations in full swing. 
A good Aussie BBQ is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. Some classic Aussie food like sausages and onions, party pies with tomato sauce and vegemite sandwiches will all go down a treat! ;-) 

It is usually hot in January so some cool refreshments like beer, shandy (beer with lemonade), or soft drink are a must.

Display the Australian flag at your barbecue and decorate your tables with lots of Australian decorations. These are all readily available in the weeks leading up to the 26th Jan and cheaply brought at places like the $2 shop. 
Another option is to print flags and glue them to wooden skewers to stand them up in a glass jars on the tables. 
More handy hints to make your Australia Day for Seniors a big hit! 

• Play Australian songs either on a music player or hire an entertainer for the day. 
• Collect gum leaves and nuts to spread along your table centre pieces.
• Staff can dress in Australian Day t-shirts and wear the traditional Aussie hat with dangling corks. 
• Play Aussie games like throwing the rubber thong - the person who throws the the rubber thong the furtherest is the winner, give prizes. Some other popular games are horse-shoe throw and quoits.
• Australia Day Quiz! Here is one we prepared for you. > Click Here <  

Have a great day with your senior residents in Aged Care and give them a fun day to remember! 

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Debbie Davison
Debbie is the owner of Memory Lane Therapy and an experienced Activity coordinator for Aged care. Her passion is Music, Arts, Crafts and making people Laugh and Smile.


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