Moving to senior living is a significant life change. It’s normal for seniors to be overwhelmed, stressed, and emotional. Determining the right time to move is tricky, especially if the busy holiday season is coming.
If you’ve decided to move into a senior living community and are a few months away from the busy holiday season, and you’re trying to determine if you should wait until the new year.
7 reasons to make the move to senior living before the holidays
1. Opportunities to Socialize and Meet Residents & Staff
Senior living communities like Vitality Living are full of opportunities for active seniors to meet new people, especially during the holidays. Senior living staff routinely plan fun activities for residents. Sign up for a class, start a new hobby, try a group fitness class, or enjoy a memorable holiday dinner with new friends.
2. Holiday Parties and Events
During the holiday season, trips to local holiday events, festive parties, delicious meals, and planned social events are abundant in senior living communities.
3. A Festive Atmosphere
The holiday season is magical! There’s nothing like twinkling lights, Christmas songs, and gorgeous décor to get you in the holiday spirit.
Imagine having the opportunity to enjoy beautiful holiday decorations everywhere you look, without the hassle of putting them up yourself, or worse, not being able to enjoy them because you don’t have the time to decorate yourself.
Senior living communities are beautiful during the holidays, and you’ll love being able to enjoy your new digs during this lovely time of the year.
4. Avoid Social Isolation and Loneliness
The holidays are a magical time filled with spending time with family and friends, great food, festive decorations, and gift giving. But for many seniors, the holidays mean a season of isolation, loneliness, and depression. According to the National Library of Medicine, 43% of adults in the United States aged 60 feel lonely.
Seniors have more difficulty meeting with family and friends because of mobility, difficulty driving, and health issues. The holiday season is the perfect time for seniors to beat isolation and loneliness with the various activities, events, and social opportunities offered in senior living communities.
5. Get Settled Before the Holiday Rush
Moving into a senior living community can be emotionally draining. Planning a moving to a senior living community before the holidays will allow you to enjoy the holidays without the stress of a big move. In addition, senior living communities have helpful resources that can help facilitate your big move before the holiday rush.
Check out this handy packing list from Vitality Living to make the move go a little easier.
6. A Perfect Time to Bring in the New Year!
New year! New adventures! New Home! New Friends! The new year is the perfect time to let go of the past, try new things, and get a fresh start.
Moving into senior living is an adventure. You have an opportunity to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle that’s full of new opportunities to start new hobbies, explore new interests, and meet new people.
7. Avoid the Harsh Winter Weather
Winter can be dangerous, especially for seniors. Snowy roads and icy sidewalks can lead to broken bones and hospital stays. In addition, running errands can prove almost impossible during the harsh winter months.
Senior living communities offer residents a safe and warm environment during the winter season. Transportation to grocery stores and local shopping areas are typical services in senior living communities.
Considering a move to a senior living community but need some help making up your mind? Download our complimentary Stay or Go guide. Or, find a Vitality Living community near you to schedule a tour and experience the Vitality Living lifestyle for yourself.