6 Ways to Make It Easier to Move to Senior Living During the Holidays


When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



While moving a loved one to senior living is always hard for families, doing so during the holidays may feel downright heart-wrenching. Not only is it one of the busiest times of the year, but it’s also a particularly emotional time even before you add in this type of transition. But there are ways to make the move to senior living during the holidays easier for all of you. Here’s how.

  1. Ensure they’re part of the process – Involving your loved one as much as possible (comparing communities, choosing the floor plan and services they’d like and/or helping to plan the move itself) is beneficial in a couple of ways. One- it gives them a sense of ownership in the process which can help alleviate fears over the move such as losing independence. Two, learning more about all the senior living community can offer will help them to feel more confident in the decision.
  2. Start planning the space – Fear of the unknown can create a lot of unnecessary tension and stress. That’s why we recommend you and your loved one get started planning their new space right away. It can not only alleviate those worries by giving them a sense of what to expect, but it’s also a way to connect with your loved one while having a little fun deciding how you’ll personalize the space. Often, senior living communities have interactive floor plans on their website or you can just ask for a copy. Also, confirm what you can or can’t bring with you. Common items to pack include linens, personal care supplies, comfortable clothing, and favorites such as photos and keepsakes.
  3. Keep spirits up – Both yours and your loved one’s spirits! Of course, the whole family is likely to be nervous and emotional about this move, but don’t let it get the best of you. Especially around your loved one because seeing you staying positive is more likely to help them feel reassured. One way to do so is to focus on what they have to look forward to in senior living like maintenance-free living, resort-like amenities, services that make life more convenient, a lifestyle that helps residents make the most of life, and peace of mind that support is always at hand. 
  4. Get them involved – One benefit of a move to senior living during the holidays is that there’s even more to do. And the environment is especially festive with communities in their holiday best! So, it won’t take long for your loved one to feel at home with new friends and fun things to do.  Start by grabbing a copy of the activity calendar so they can check out all available options. Many communities also have new resident ambassadors or something similar to make your loved one feel welcome. 
  5. Be there for them – Visiting your loved one at the senior living community is often one of the best ways to do that. Again, this time of year there are even more opportunities than usual to do just that as families are invited to many holiday events. It’s also important to be there for them emotionally as it takes time to adjust to this big of a transition so there will be both highs and lows. Make sure they know you’re there to listen and reassure them that you’re still an active part of each other’s lives. Encourage other family members and friends to do the same! 
  6. Be flexible with the festivities – A move to senior living during the holidays may seem like a surefire way to ruin them. But that’s only if you let it! It’s all about mindset. Sure, your loved one may have their usual tree and decorations still packed away, but remember the community will be all decked out, so it will still feel festive. And while yes, it’s ideal to celebrate Christmas on the 25th, if you can’t make that happen due to the move, it can still be just as special a little early or a little late this year. What matters is that you’re together!

Check out our guide on Choosing the Right Senior Living Community for more information. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!

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