As the country prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee what better way to mark the occasion than to get together with family and friends.
The anniversary could have particular significance for older people whose lives will have been shaped by some of the significant events and changes which have happened during the past 70 years.
Clearly many of the Monarch’s memories and experiences will differ markedly from those of her subjects. But there will inevitably be areas of common ground and shared recollections of a time during which the world has seen so many changes.
Looking back in time
One of the great things about the long weekend of celebrations is that it will give older people the chance to take a trip down memory lane – and to share their recollections with younger family members. Children tend to love hearing stories about the “olden days” – and talking together about the past is a great way to enjoy spending time with grandchildren and other young family members.
It’s amazing how fascinating the ordinary details of everyday life can become – given a long enough passage of time.
Share your memories
The Jubilee is the perfect opportunity to dig out old photographs and rake over the minutia of the past. Children today are often amazed and appalled in equal measure by stories of times when most homes didn’t even have a television and there was no such thing as the internet.
Ways to celebrate
There are numerous ways to celebrate the Jubilee – with many areas planning to hold street parties. The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place on Sunday, June 5 and can range from sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or taking part in a large community event. An eclectic mix of suggestions ranging from tree planting to beacon lighting can be found on the government website The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022.
The Platinum Jubilee is also a great way to help charity.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is urging people to hold their own fundraising events to celebrate the anniversary and give to hope to all those affected by dementia. The charity has a host of fundraising ideas on its website, ranging from parties to royal themed quiz nights, from coffee mornings to bake-off style competitions. Keen cooks might enjoy creating a royal dish – following the example of coronation chicken, which, as the name implies, was invented to mark the Queen’s coronation.
The charity’s current mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. With almost 600 people in the UK developing dementia every day this has the potential to make a massive difference to the lives of huge numbers of people.
The charity Cure Parkinson’s is also asking people to raise funds while celebrating. Its ideas range from curtsey challenges to a Right Royal Raid Local cycle. Vintage sales, woodland walks and zero waste days are among the other suggestions it is putting forward.
The goals of those two charities will be close to the hearts of many – and there is no shortage of other good causes inviting you to help their work while celebrating with the Queen.
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