From all of us here at American Senior Communities, we just wanted to take a moment to say happy holidays to our wonderful residents and their families. It’s a special time of year when we gather with those we hold dear, reflect on the past year and look forward to a bright new year ahead full of possibilities.
Enjoy the Holiday Season with Aging Loved Ones
Throughout the holidays, visiting aging loved ones residing in assisted living communities is important to let these special people in our lives know how much we care. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but don’t forget that for some seniors, it can also be a difficult time. The holidays are full of memories and traditions passed down from generation to generation, and it’s not uncommon for some seniors to wistfully remember “the old days.”
So, take some extra time to visit your loved ones over the next few weeks to keep their spirits high. The assisted living community will undoubtedly offer a variety of holiday events, entertainment and social activities, many of which families are encouraged to attend. But you can also enjoy some quality one-on-one time with your loved one.
Here are a few ways to boost your loved one’s mood and get the most out of your time together over the holidays:
Share the memories. Bring in a family photo album to look at pictures of holiday gatherings from the past. Let your loved one reminisce and tell stories about the traditions they cherish the most.
Bake some treats. Many of our aging loved ones have a special holiday cookie or treat they only get this time of year, so whether you bake them yourself or pick them up a local bakery, your loved one will surely appreciate a tasty snack.
Trim the tree. Set up a small tree in your loved one’s apartment and bring in some special ornaments to decorate with. If you have any of the ornaments that used to adorn the tree in their prior home, even better! Bring those in and let your loved one tell the story of where each ornament came from or why it has special meaning.
Go out on the town. If possible, take your loved one out for an evening. You can simply just drive through some neighborhoods and take in all the holiday light displays. Or, head to the theater for a holiday show, go out to dinner at a nice restaurant, head to a coffee shop for some hot cocoa, or visit some friends your loved one may not get to see very often.
How will you spend the holidays with your aging loved one this season?
We hope you enjoy all the magic of the season!