7 Reasons to Make the Move to Senior Living Before the Holidays

Reasons to move to Senior Living

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. 



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.

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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.

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