Welcome to Caregivers Activity Source, a place for caregivers to find activity ideas for older family members or friends.

Activities of interest, hobbies, and recreational pursuits can keep us active, enrich relationships, and fulfill our lives.

Experience the Joy in Caregiving!


13 Ways to Bring the Joy into MayGardening is a great activity for Spring.

Celebrate a few of May’s special days with your older family member or friend!

  1. Read Mother Goose Rhymes with a child in honor of Mother Goose Day on May 1st.
  2. Remember postcards? In honor of National Postcard Week buy and send a postcard to someone.
  3. On May 5th, celebrate Cinco De Mayo, a day of celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Go out for Mexican food or fix a Mexican dish at home.
  4. As the weather warms up whip up some smoothies. Include fruit, juice, yogurt, and other items of choice.
  5. Celebrate Mother’s Day May 12th by going out to dinner, fixing a meal, or spending time together.
  6. Plant a garden in pots that are easily reachable for an older person. Plant vegetables, flowers, or herbs.
  7. How many ways can you use a chocolate chip? Plan on making a recipe from chocolate chips such as cookies or muffins-this in honor of National Chocolate Chip Day on the 15th.
  8. Buy strawberries, shortcakes (or angel food cake), and whip cream, and make strawberry shortcakes.
  9. Play or watch outdoor games such as croquet, horseshoes, or badminton. Get the kids involved!
  10. Remember our men and women who have died serving in our armed forces on Memorial Day, which is observed on May 27th.
  11. Bring someone a bouquet of fresh spring flowers such as tulips, daffodils, or lilacs.
  12. Reminisce about John F. Kennedy. He was born on May 29, 1917.
  13. Make ice cream on May 30th or anytime during May. The first ice cream freezer was patented in 1848 by William Young.