Moving to a Senior Living Community? Follow These Packing Tips

Moving to a Senior Living Community? Follow These Packing Tips

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. 



They say moving is right up there with divorce and taxes on the list of stressful life events. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be.

With the right kind of planning and a good checklist, preparing for a move to a senior living community may be easier than you think!

The act of downsizing and packing can be freeing if you approach these tasks with the right mindset.

Packing Strategies When You’re Moving to a Senior Living Community

These tips will help you during the packing phase of an upcoming move to senior living.

  1. Start With a Plan- a Floor Plan! Call the senior living community where you’ll be making your new home. Ask if they have a floor plan for you to use as a guide for packing. This will help you decide which furniture and other belongings to bring.

    A floor plan will also help you begin to envision the home you’re going to create — filled with your favorite possessions and furnishings.
  2. Give Yourself Lots of Time If packing were simply the physical act of putting your possessions into boxes, it wouldn’t be so bad. It would be tiring, but it wouldn’t be emotional.

    The emotional toll of packing often stems from having to sift through a lifetime’s worth of possessions. Unless you are moving in the midst of a crisis, give yourself plenty of time for packing so you don’t feel rushed. You are more likely to feel a sense of loss if there’s not enough time to properly sort through everything and make carefully-considered decisions.
  3. Getting Rid of Stuff May be Good for YouMost moves involve some form of downsizing. Since the goal is to feel comfortable in your new home environment — not cluttered — you’ll want to pare down before you move.

    Surprisingly, letting go of some of your belongings can lead to a feeling of liberation and newness. Most of us are guilty of holding on to possessions because we just haven’t taken time to sort through older belongings. Over a lifetime, that can add up to quite an accumulation!

    Understand that it’s not an easy process, but getting rid of stuff can feel good.

    Your goal is to keep furniture, mementos, and household goods that have the best memories attached. Then in your new home, you’ll be surrounded by a carefully curated collection of the items you love most.

    Download and print our handy room-by-room Packing List to simplify your move. It can help ensure you won’t forget a thing!
  4. Organize Your Belongings with Boxes Deciding what to do with your belongings is easier when you know there are only a handful of choices:
    • Keep
    • Sell
    • Donate
    • Give to friends and family
    • Throw away
    • Recycle
    Some people find it best to move through their home one room at a time. It may help to gather large boxes and use a marker to label them according to their final destination: donate, trash, sell etc. That way, there’s structure to the act of sorting through everything.

    Some items may require special consideration, but you’ll develop a feel for it and the process will become easier.

A Smooth Transition to a Beautiful New Home

By scaling back the number treasured items you plan to move with you, you’re on your way to creating a familiar, comfortable environment in your new home.

If you or your family members have more questions about moving to a senior living community, we can help. Our complimentary Guide to Senior Living Options answers the important questions you have about transitioning to a new community. Download the guide for free and get started today!

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