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By Susan Berg, CDP, AD,  BS(COTA/L)
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Susan Berg
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About Susan

Susan Berg has been a
healthcare professional and
educator for over 20 years. She
is the, activity director, of
many years, at Hunt Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center in
Danvers. While there, she has
gained much dementia care
and activity experience and
knowledge. She has had
special training in dementia
care and dementia activities
through the Alzheimer’s
Association and other
educational forums. Berg is the
author of Adorable
Photographs of Our Baby-
Meaningful, Mind-Stimulating
Activities and More for the
Memory Challenged, Their
Loved Ones, and Involved
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with dementia and an
excellent resource for
caregivers and healthcare
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Patriot's Day

April gives us another opportunity to celebrate a patriotic holiday. Residents seem to
enjoy being able to show their patriotism.

Patriot's Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought
near Boston in 1775. Patriot's Day is annually celebrated on the third Monday in April. It
should not be confused with Patriot Day, held on September 11 to mark the anniversary
of terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001.

Here are some things you can do for Patriot’s Day

Make a delicious red white and blue treat. An easy one is serving blueberries and
strawberries with cool whip on top.

You could make a parfait alternating strawberries with a layer of cool whip on top Then
put blueberries on top of the cool whip, then more cool whip. Top it off with a red
maraschino cherry. This treat is not only yummy and patriotic but it is also pretty healthy.

Moving on, you could read all or part of the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride”, by Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow.

You can lead a discussion about the Revolutionary War.
Talk about freedom and what it means to be free.
Include the Boston Tea Party in this discussion.

Then you can talk about some tea trivia.

You can combine all these things and have a Patriot’s Day Party. You can serve a red
beverage or tea at the party as well as the strawberry, blueberry, cool whip treat.

Do not forget to sing some patriotic songs.

I find what works best at parties is to have some discussion, then sing a song. Have
some more discussion. Then sing another song. Keep alternating these things until
there is about 15 or 29 minutes left for the activity. Then I serve the food. It seems that
the residents want to leave after they eat. I usually end this program with the singing of
“God Bless America”.

Sometimes you may have a resident who likes to recite poetry. “Paul Revere’s Ride” is
a good poem for reciting. I usually just have her recite the first two and the last two
stanzas of the poem. You could also recite one stanza of the poem with all the
participants at the group activity. For a copy of the poem go to

Here is a patriotic craft I sometimes do on or about Patriot’s Day.

You will need:
½  half sheet of 8,5 X11 blue construction paper
red and white crepe paper streamers
glue or tape

Give each participant or team, 1/2 sheet of blue construction paper
Also give them about 8 inches of red and 6 inches of white crepe paper strips.
Have them cut or rip them into approximately 2 inch pieces so they have 7 pieces of
about the same size

Have them glue or tape the crepe paper to the blue construction paper on the horizontal
edge, alternating colors with 4 red strips and 3 white strips
The side they glue the strips to, is the back
Let the glue dry
This is a good time to sing some patriotic songs or play patriotic trivia
When they are almost dry or dry, decorate the front with star sticker, white stickers, or
you can have them glue a smaller sign on the front that says
“Happy Patriot's Day” or they can glue a picture of Paul Revere on the front
They can put a ribbon loosely across the top so they can display their hanging

I hope you can use some or all of these ideas to make Patriot’s Day memorable for the
people you serve.