It's Spring, Think Green!

If you are looking for things to celebrate with your senior this month, think Green! In the month of March we have St. Patrick’s Day that is always celebrated on March 17th, and the first day of Spring or the March Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere.

St. Patrick’s Day originally began as a Christian feast day that celebrates the life of St. Patrick who successfully spread Christianity throughout Ireland. It is held every year on March 17th since that is the day St. Patrick died circa A.D. 493. Today, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone celebrates all things Irish with parades, 5k runs, and festivities that include Irish tunes, shamrocks, leprechauns, cabbage, and green beer. Check out your community calendar and look for a scheduled St. Patrick’s Day parade to attend; there’s sure to be one nearby. If you can’t make it out to a parade with your senior, bring a wee bit of Ireland to them such as a bouquet of shamrocks, corn beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, or a minty green shake. Better yet, find a youtube Riverdance video and tap or clap along; or find and watch an oldie, but a goodie, The Quiet Man movie from 1952 with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

March also brings the first day of Spring, or the March Equinox which is the day the sun shines directly on the equator and we nearly, but not quite, have equal parts daylight and nighttime. Spring comes early this year on March 19th for the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes the bright green leaves on the trees that indicate the end of winter. To celebrate Spring, take your senior on an outing to a local park or garden. If it’s still too chilly for the park, bring your senior a houseplant to brighten up their room and their mood. Recent scientific studies have shown that being outdoors in nature and being around plants improves a person’s well-being. Spending time with nature helps hospital patients recover faster, eases depression and anxiety, boosts the immune system, reduces blood pressure, and increases happiness. A houseplant or little garden also provides your senior with the additional benefit of having something to take care of and nurture if they are not capable of having pets.

Enjoy the green of Spring everyone! In south Louisiana you know that summer is just around the corner.