6 Things to Do When Planning a Prom for the Elderly

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Prom night isn’t always for young couples. Many senior-friendly organizations and clubs arrange prom nights for their members or for the general public. Attending prom nights allows seniors to socialize and reminisce about the past. Here are some tips and suggestions for putting on such an event for seniors. 

1. Appoint a Committee

Don’t plan this party for seniors without their input. Allowing them to organize the event themselves provides an outlet for energy, creativity, and focus. Choose seniors who are outgoing and have the time and energy to take on such a fun and exciting project. Give them a budget and a few ideas on how to proceed with planning the event.

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2. Select a Theme 

Select a theme seniors are likely to enjoy. Some great suggestions could include “The Great Gatsby,” “Grease,” or even a casino theme with gambling, games, and challenges. Decorate accordingly and request the guests to dress up according to the theme. 

3. Don’t Exclude Singles

It is important not to limit the prom to couples. Everyone should be included in the festivities. Include more activities than just dancing so everyone has a chance to participate. 

4. Call in the Experts

This would be a great time to hire hair dressers, nail professionals, and even massage therapists. Treat the older women to a little pampering before the big night. A photo booth or even a slide show might also be a great addition to the activity line-up. 

Hire a professional caregiver if your senior loved one needs assistance with attending social events or managing daily tasks. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Ahwatukee Foothills Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

5. Hire a DJ 

Seniors from different age groups are likely to attend the prom, so it may be best to hire a reputable DJ. Choose a DJ who is familiar with older tunes from the 40s, 50s, and 60s so everyone will be able to enjoy the music. To make the event memorable, add karaoke and have a contest for the best vocalists.

6. Make It Special

You can make the prom special by providing corsages for the ladies and boutonnieres for the gentlemen. Have the attendees vote for a prom king and queen, and hire a photographer to take formal and candid photos of everyone. Seniors don’t have to be young to enjoy a prom night, but they do have to have a sense of adventure to take full advantage of this type of event.

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