Last Updated: December 19, 2017
Even when our parents or senior loved ones don’t live at home with us, we can still bring the joys of the season to them with holiday celebrations and visits.
Senior living communities are making it easy for families, residents and staff to enjoy holiday celebrations without all the hassle by hosting a wide range of seasonal activities right there at the community, from Christmas breakfasts to toasts to ring in the New Year. Learn more about celebrating the holidays with seniors in assisted living.
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Inclement weather can keep people indoors, which puts seniors at a greater risk of becoming depressed, isolated or lonely. Dangerous travel conditions like ice and snow can also keep seniors from shopping and socializing outside of the home and it can keep visitors from being able to reach them.
In fact, isolation brings with it a number of mental and physical health risks for aging adults.
Both isolation and loneliness have been associated with increased mortality in seniors, an increased risk of higher blood pressure and long-term illnesses. Isolated seniors are also at higher risk of elder abuse, without loved ones to look in on them now and then.
The holidays are prime time for visiting, which helps keep senior isolation in check.
Besides the many events organized by senior living communities, there are numerous ways to share the holiday spirit with senior loved ones in assisted living.
Here are just a handful of ideas for activities that families can share as a group:
Senior living communities provide a variety of organized and planned activities for the holidays and most, if not all, of these activities are family-friendly, welcoming loved ones of all ages for festivities, food and fun.
We contacted several of our partner communities and these are just a sampling of the holiday events they have in store:
Individual establishments may choose to celebrate a variety of holidays in an assortment of ways, but what all these events have in common is that they put the communityin “senior living community” — encouraging families and the general public to mingle and socialize with elders and one another — which is what the holiday spirit is really about.
Do you have plans to visit loved ones this holiday season? What is your favorite way to spend the holidays with seniors? We’d like to hear your stories and suggestions in the comments below.