Why You Should Travel with the Grandchildren

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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. 



There’s a quote that says, “Surely, two of the most satisfying experiences in life must be those of being a grandchild or a grandparent.” How true that is! The bond between grandparent and grandchild is one to be nurtured and cherished. One of the best ways to do that is to travel with the grandkids. Here are some of the benefits, along with tips for successful trips.

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Benefits of Travel with the Grandkids

An AARP survey found that 40 percent of grandparents already travel with their grandkids, but even more are interested in doing so. With good reason because the benefits of intergenerational travel include:

  • Strengthening your connection – With busy schedules, distance and even technology competing for time with your grandkids, travel is a perfect opportunity to get away from it all, and spend one-on-one time together.
  • Learning from each other – The fact that you’re from two generations means your different experiences, viewpoints, and interests give you a great opportunity to broaden each other’s horizons. And you may learn you have more in common than you think!
  • Giving the parents a break – Of course, traveling as one big family can be fun, too. But traveling with just you and your grandkids can give their parents much-needed time to relax and recharge themselves. You likely remember all too well how chaotic daily life can be with kids.
  • Creating lasting memories – It’s those times spent outside the daily routine that we often remember the most. It’s the things we don’t normally do, the places we don’t normally go, and sharing those experiences with your grandkids that make them even more meaningful.
  • Passing on family history – Grandparents are often seen as keepers of the family history. Travelling provides the opportunity to share it firsthand if there are places that are special to your family and/or to experience doing things that are an important part of your past. At the very least, it gives you a captive audience for storytelling!
  • Keeping active – A vital part of healthy aging is staying active. Although spending time with your grandkids in general likely accomplishes that to an extent, traveling can help even more whether you’re actually hiking up a mountain, sightseeing in a city, or walking along the beach.

Tips for Successful Trips with the Grandkids

Yes, spontaneous trips can be fun. But, if you’re traveling with your grandkids for the first time on your own or just haven’t traveled with them before, a bit of planning can go a long way towards ensuring a successful trip. Our tips include:

  • Consider the ages of the kids – This can often be a determining factor in whether or not the parents should join you, as well as what you do in general. For younger kids, it may be easier to travel to one spot where you stay for a week. For grandkids 18 and over, they may relish the idea of leaving their parents at home and heading out to explore several destinations with you.
  • Start early – You’ve likely seen firsthand how busy your grandkids are, so planning ahead is key to making sure you select dates that work for everyone. Plus, it gives you all something to look forward to!
  • Plan together – One way to start the bonding early is to plan the trip together. From choosing locations to accommodations to what to bring- it’s a surefire way to get the grandkids invested in and excited for the trip. 
  • Choose activities you can enjoy together – Even if your grandkids aren’t old enough for you to plan the trip together, you likely know what they like to do. So, keep those things in mind when deciding on an itinerary, as well as what you can enjoy together. You may not be up for scuba diving, but snorkeling may fit the bill for you both, for example. 
  • Capture the moments – You certainly want to be present in the moment, but make sure to take as many photos and document as many experiences as possible so you can look back on it later and relive all the fun you had!

Check out our Active Adult Decision Guide to learn more. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!


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