Make the Holidays More Meaningful for Seniors

Think back to your happiest memory that you can remember. Chances are good that it involves the holiday season in some way, shape, or form. It can be easy to see why. The five weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are a whirlwind of family get-togethers, fun with friends, work parties, and more. Many people think that it is the most magical time of the year. The good memories and fun times don’t have to live in the past. When your loved ones move into a Richfield assisted living center, it can be easy to fall into the mental trap of thinking that the door has closed on new experiences. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Revisit happy memories
This might seem counterintuitive, but nostalgia can be a great way to kickstart a new experience! Remembering the happy times from your past can be a great reminder of the things in life that make you happy. With these happy and positive thoughts in your mind, making new memories that are fun and exciting will come naturally. Looking through old photo albums or home videos is a great way to take a trip down memory lane. This could also be a great time to touch base with family and friends who couldn’t make it in person. A simple phone call works well, but if you have the ability to set up a video conference that is even better! Nowadays, keeping in touch via video is easier than ever. Seeing the faces of your loved ones is no longer restricted by distance. However you do it, rekindling old memories with family and friends is a fun and fulfilling activity that can help set the mood for an exciting holiday season.

Keep old traditions alive
Making new memories doesn’t mean you have to abandon old traditions. Sometimes the best memories we make involve something we’ve done a million times before. Keeping old traditions alive helps tie the past to the present, and even gives you a way to connect with the future. When your loved one lives at an assisted living center, they may feel like they no longer have as strong of a connection to their past. Putting a fresh spin on an old tradition can help them settle into this chapter in their life.

Make new traditions
Moving into an assisted living center is also the perfect opportunity to make new traditions! Maybe instead of cooking an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, you visit a favorite restaurant. Or instead of decorating the outside of the house with decorations, you drive around town and try to find the best decorated house in the area! The holidays are the perfect time of the year to kick off new traditions, whatever they may be.

The holidays are a truly magical time of year. Hopefully these tips can help you keep the magic alive as your loved one transitions to a new chapter in their life living at a Richfield assisted living center.