7 Ways to Cut Your Risk of Cancer

February 5, 2018

Lower your cancer risk. Nearly 50 percent of most cancers can be prevented.Experts say as much as half of all cancer might be preventable. Learn 7 steps you can take that might help lower your cancer risk.

Cancer has touched most of our lives in same manner, whether it is a personal diagnosis with the disease or watching a loved one battle it. While many of us feel powerless to prevent this disease, experts say you can lower your cancer risk. Researchers believe as much as 50% of all cancers can be prevented with positive lifestyle choices.

In honor of National Cancer Month, we share 7 steps you can take to lower your cancer risk.

7 Steps to Lower Your Cancer Risk

1. Healthy diet: What you eat can lower or raise your risk for many types of cancer ranging from cancer of the colon to breast, kidney, lung, and liver cancer. A plant-based diet rich with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans is generally believed to be best. Limiting your intake of processed meats also helps.

2. Physical fitness: As most of us already know, exercise plays an important role in aging well. It helps prevent disease, maintain flexibility and strength, and boost the spirit. If you aren’t sure what types of physical fitness activities are best for you or how much exercise you need each day, talk with your physician. They can help you set realistic goals that you can safely achieve.

3. Healthy weight: Obesity is linked to a variety of health concerns such as diabetes, depression, and heart disease. It also exacerbates the pain of arthritis. When it comes to cancer, obesity is often found in people who are diagnosed with cancer of the breast, colon, rectum, kidney, and pancreas.

4. Physician partner: While it’s not a good idea to do, young adults don’t always take time to find a primary care physician they get to know and trust. As we grow older, however, this partnership between physician and patient becomes vital. Your physician can help you identify potential risk factors for illness or disease based on your lifestyle, personal history, and family medical history. The doctor can also keep you on track with routine screenings important at every stage in life. It helps them intervene early and prevent small concerns from becoming life-threatening health problems.

5. Avoid tobacco: This is one of the single best steps you can take to lower your risk of cancer. Tobacco is directly linked to cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix, and kidney. So if you smoke, find a smoking cessation program to help you stop. Avoid being around secondhand smoke. Experts say it’s just as deadly as smoking over the long term. Smokeless tobaccos are also linked to different types of cancer including in the mouth and pancreas.

6. Sun safety: Many of us enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. It lifts the spirits and boosts the mood, especially for those who live in colder climates where they are stuck inside much of the winter. But exposure to ultraviolet radiation can lead to skin damage and skin cancer so it’s important to practice good sun safety. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when you are outside or riding in a car. Keep a hat on hand to wear while gardening or enjoying other outdoor activities.

7. Limit alcohol consumption: A glass of wine can be a nice way to end an evening with friends or catch up with loved ones on a wintery afternoon. Consuming too much alcohol, however, can increase your risk for cancer. Excessive use of alcohol can raise your risk of developing cancer, specifically cancer of the throat, liver, breast, mouth, and esophagus.

Live a Healthy Life at Legacy Senior Living

At Legacy Senior Living, we empower residents to live their best life and develop a genuine sense of well-being. Our Signature Programs are designed to promote a better quality of life for older adults whether they are active and independent or in need of memory care support for dementia.

We invite you to schedule a private visit to the Legacy community nearest you to learn more!

Identity Theft Prevention in the Wake of Corporate Hacks

January 29, 2018

Identity theft has become a serious threat across the country. Major corporations have even fallen victim. Here’s what you need to know to keep a senior safe.

The New Year rings in the beginning of tax season, and adult children often help their senior parents with this process. Some families play a more hands-on role than others. One thing the entire family should be aware of is that seniors are being targeted more and more for identify theft during tax season each year.

The Federal Trade Commission says that 36% of adults 50 years of age and older fall victim to identity theft every year. An increasing number of these cases are related to taxpayer identity theft and fraud.

Common Types of Identity Theft

Unfortunately, scammers are always on the lookout for opportunities to take advantage of people they think are vulnerable and have good credit. For these criminals, older adults often fit this description.

By stealing their identity, the criminal can apply for credit cards and loans in the senior’s name. A few common tactics scammers use to get your loved one are:

  • Junk mail claiming the senior has an unclaimed prize or vacation
  • Phishing emails promoting contests or unclaimed prize money
  • Phone calls claiming to be from a grandchild in trouble

A very common scam during tax season is a fake call from the IRS claiming the senior owes money that must be paid immediately by phone.

Remind your senior loved one that neither the IRS nor any other government agency will call demanding money. They will communicate via written correspondence.

What Adult Children Should Know About Senior Identity Theft

From phishing scams to theft of mail, here’s what else you should do to protect an older loved one.

Store Medicare and insurance cards in a safe location.

Having your purse or wallet stolen or lost is a hassle at any age. Older adults are more likely to carry personal information that can put them at risk for identify theft.

Help a senior find a safe location at home to store:

  • Social Security card
  • Documents that contain their Social Security number
  • Medicare and health insurance cards

Encourage your loved one to leave these documents at home unless they need them for a specific appointment that day.

Consider enrolling with an identity theft protection company

Another option for seniors to consider is enrolling with a company designed to protect credit and identity. Consumers Advocate suggests exploring:

  • LifeLock
  • com
  • MetLife Defender

Review the senior’s credit report at least once a year

Another way to prevent identity theft is by reviewing the senior’s credit report at least once a year. Credit agencies are required by law to furnish one free copy of this report each year. If you review it together you can look for suspicious activity and incorrect information.

If you find something that doesn’t look right, contact the credit bureau to dispute the finding. And if you don’t feel like you are getting resolution, you might need to enlist the services of an identity protection service, an attorney, or even the local police.

Monitor bank and credit card statements regularly

You might also want to extend an offer to your parent to sit down every month or so to help them review their bank and credit card statements. If you live far away, you can do this online. It’s just one more way of protecting your loved one from identity theft or another form of financial fraud.

Legacy Senior Living Blog

Here on the Legacy Senior Living Blog you’ll find other informative and timely posts about all sorts of topics, like how to honor the veterans in your local community, or how to keep a senior loved one safe on Facebook. We hope you will bookmark our blog and stop back often!

7 Tips for Moving to Memory Care

January 22, 2018

7 tips to help the move to memory care

Are you starting to search for a memory care community for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease? These tips can help make the move to memory care go more smoothly.

If you are preparing for a senior loved one’s move to a memory care community, you might not be sure how and where to start. Moving a loved one who has memory loss can create unique challenges. Knowing how to manage them can make the transition go more smoothly for everyone.

7 Tips for Managing a Senior’s Move to Memory Care

These tips can help you with everything from downsizing to planning for moving day.

1. Establish realistic goals: Our first tip is to set realistic goals for this process. Unless your loved one’s safety or health is at risk and you need to move in a hurry, try to work at a pace you feel comfortable with. It can help you feel more confident that you are making good decisions which can, in turn, help decrease anxiety for you and your senior loved one.

2. Create a floor plan: Once you have selected which community your loved one will be moving to, ask the staff for a floor plan of the apartment. Make sure it has all of the dimensions for each room listed. Then you can get to work creating a layout in which all the furniture and belongings will fit.

3. Identify “must move” items: Creating an environment that looks familiar is important when a senior has memory loss. So give some thought to those pieces of furniture and the belongings your loved one is most attached to. Perhaps it is a chair they like to sit in and watch television or a quilt they’ve had for years. Make certain those items have a place in their new home.

4. Downsizing: Some families prefer to get their senior loved one settled in a memory care community before they begin the process of downsizing. For others, selling the home first might be a financial necessity. Either way, it can be emotional to downsize and sell a loved one’s home. It often helps to begin in the rooms used less often and to sort belongings by their final destination. Label boxes with tags that say “Move,” “Donate,” “Family,” and “Trash.” As you work your way through the house, separate items into the appropriate box.

5. Get involved before the move: Depending upon what stage of the disease your loved one’s Alzheimer’s is, it might help to visit the community a few times and get involved in activities before their actual moving day. Life enrichment programs at memory care communities are designed to help older adults feel successful and independent. For people with memory loss who may be struggling, that is important. Talk with the staff at the community for advice and guidance about getting involved early.

6. Create a schedule: Once you have a move-in date established, take time to create a schedule and plan for a smooth transition. You might also want to explore moving resources, such as senior move managers and senior certified realtors. They can help you with everything from packing up the home to obtaining quotes from movers.

7. Moving day plans: Our last tip is to plan carefully for moving day. You might need to ask a trusted friend to care for your loved one on moving day while you supervise the movers. Your loved one might be able to go to the community ahead of you, have lunch, and attend an activity in lieu of being home for a chaotic day of moving. Don’t forget to put together a box of moving day essentials you want to the senior’s new apartment transport yourself.

At Legacy Senior Living, we know the search for a memory care community for a senior you love can feel overwhelming. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about moving a loved one with memory loss. Call the community nearest you to set up a time for a private visit.

6 Ways to Beat Post-Holiday Caregiver Blues

January 15, 2018

post-holiday caregiver bluesAre you suffering from a case of the post-holiday caregiver blues? These 6 tips can help you beat the blues.

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are behind us and the long winter is in front of us. Warm, sunny days can seem far away. For caregivers who may be stuck indoors a lot during colder months, it’s easy to find yourself feeling a little blue.

Experts say 15% of people struggle to stay positive during the winter months. Some even experience a more serious case of seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD.

If you are a family caregiver who is feeling a little down, this list of post-holiday caregiver blues busters may help boost your mood and lift your spirits.

 6 Blues Busters for Caregivers

1. Get out: While it might be tempting to hibernate until spring, sunshine, combined with fresh air, can be good for the soul. Bundle up, put on skid-proof boots, and head out for a quick trip around the block.

2. Nutrient-rich foods: Many of us turn to carb-heavy comfort foods during the winter, especially if we are feeling a little blue. But they can leave you feeling a little sluggish. A better choice is to fill your plate with nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, fish, and lean protein. They’ll help you feel more energetic and less lethargic.

3. Limit alcohol consumption: If you are trying to boost your mood by indulging in a cocktail or glass of wine each day, know that the “booze blues” might be making the problem worse. Alcohol is a depressant when consumed in any quantity. Opt for water, tea, or juice instead.

4. Good night’s sleep: A case of the blues can lead to sleep problems. For some caregivers it might be sleeping too much, while others don’t sleep enough. Try a few natural remedies for getting a good night’s rest. If they don’t help, you might need to schedule an appointment with your physician. They will likely have other ideas for you to try.

5. Exercise: While this might not be your favorite way to spend your time, exercise is a great way to beat the blues. When you exercise, endorphins – natural mood boosters – are released in the body. Just thirty minutes of daily exercise can help improve your emotional and physical well-being.

6. Stay connected: Try to stay in touch with friends and loved ones even if the weather outside is frightful. If you aren’t able to get together in person, there are other ways to stay connected like phone calls, Skype, and Facebook.

Caregiving at Legacy Senior Living

If you are starting to explore senior living options for an older adult you love, it’s important to ask the right questions. Many of those questions relate to the experience and quality of a community’s caregivers.

We encourage you to use this list to better understand what questions to ask during your visit Legacy Senior Living and at any other community you are considering.

Healthy Resolutions for Caregivers to Start a Brand New Year

January 8, 2018

Make 2018 Healthier

Caregivers often put their own needs last. It’s why so many family caregivers experience a health crisis of their own. Use these resolutions to make 2018 healthier.

If you’ve been responsible for the care of a senior loved one, there’s a strong possibility that you’ve put your own health and well-being on the backburner. As the responsibilities of caregiving slowly increase, family members often don’t see the toll this role is taking on their own health.

From weight gain to high blood pressure and depression, caregivers experience health problems of their own at twice the rate of their non-caregiving peers. As a new year begins, we thought we would encourage family caregivers to make 2018 healthier with a few resolutions.

6 Resolutions for Caregivers to Make 2018 Healthier

1. Ask for and accept help: We put this at the top of this list because it is the one thing caregivers can do to immediately improve their well-being. Adult children are often reluctant to ask for and accept help with a parent’s care. But doing it all on your own will eventually take a toll. Resolve to make 2018 the year you give yourself permission to seek help from friends, family, and even professional caregivers.

2. Explore local respite services: One way to care for yourself is by routinely utilizing respite care services. It might be by using home care services a few hours a week, while also taking advantage of short-term stays at an assisted living community every few months. Having “me time” that you can regularly count on will help reduce stress and give you an opportunity to tend to your own health and well-being.

3. See your doctor: Another good new year’s resolution to make is to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician if you haven’t been there in the last year. The doctor can conduct a physical exam and help you schedule any routine health screenings that are due.

4. Connect with a support group: Caregivers face many challenges each day. Caregiving itself is demanding, and even more so when you juggle work and family life. Connecting with a peer group – either online or in person – can help provide you with tips and guidance, as well as emotional support.

5. Eat a healthy diet: Family caregivers often rely on a diet of convenience: frozen foods, fast foods, and takeout. While they can be a quick solution for an overscheduled caregiver, few of these choices are very healthy. Planning and freezing a few weeks’ worth of entrees on a weekend afternoon is one solution. Then you can add a fresh salad or frozen vegetable and have a healthy dinner in a hurry. Another option is to research restaurants that have healthy food choices. Also see if they offer delivery or participate in a delivery service like Uber Eats. One final suggestion is to join a meal delivery program, such as Hello Fresh or Blue Apron.

6. Exercise: It’s easy to let physical fitness activities fall off your “to do” list when you are busy juggling many responsibilities. One solution is to find several forms of exercise that you and your senior loved one can enjoy together and work them in to your weekly schedule. Walking, chair yoga, swimming, and even marching in place are all ideas to consider. The National Institute on Aging also created a workout series for seniors that can be completed in the privacy of your own living room. Go4Life has free guides and tools you can download.

Aging Resources at Legacy Senior Living

At Legacy Senior Living, we know how important it is to connect with the support you need. It’s why we created our Aging Resources page. Here you will find links to organizations ranging from the Administration on Aging to the Alzheimer’s Association. We hope you find it useful!

Can Assisted Living Help Prevent Repeated Trips to the Emergency Room?

December 25, 2017

Frequent ER Visits

It is not uncommon for older adults to require frequent visits to the emergency room. Moving to an assisted living community can help prevent some of them.

It’s an unfortunate truth that older adults are much more likely to require trips to the emergency room than younger people. Though some of these trips are inevitable, others are preventable under the right conditions. Assisted living communities provide an environment  that may help to keep seniors from making frequent ER visits.

4 Ways Assisted Living Helps Prevent Trips to the Emergency Room

Here are a few ways an assisted living community help seniors avoid the hospital:

  1. Medication Management Support

For most people, the number of daily medications required for optimum health increases with age. Not surprisingly, this can lead to a great deal of confusion, especially when medications have different dosage amounts and are taken at differing times throughout the day.

Unfortunately, this confusion can be dangerous. Mistakes with medication is a leading reason older adults end up in the emergency room. Most assisted living communities offer medication management services that help residents stay safely on track with their medication.

  1. Living Environments Specifically Designed to Decrease Falls

Falls are the number one cause of injury among older adults in the United States and one of the most common reasons they end up in the emergency room. Additionally, falls account for a great deal of anxiety on the part of both older adults and their families.

From bathroom grab bars to walk-in showers and handrails in the walkways, assisted living communities are designed to help protect residents against dangerous falls. The result is increased peace of mind and fewer trips to the hospital.

  1. Improved Health Through Better Nutrition

Inadequate nutrition can render older adults much more susceptible to illnesses and injuries that lead to emergency room visits. Seniors who live alone and don’t eat nutritious meals can be at greater risk for repeated hospital visits, costly medical bills, and fall-related injuries.

Assisted living communities address this concern by providing thoughtfully designed, nutritious meals. These meals help to not only improve the overall well-being of assisted living residents, but to create opportunities for socializing with friends in the dining room.

  1. Assisted Living Wellness Programs

Most assisted living communities offer onsite wellness programs. These programs take a holistic approach to overall well-being. At Legacy Senior Living communities, we are committed to quality care. From fall prevention programs to our service standards, we help residents live their best life.

Contact us today to find out more about our services or to arrange an in-person tour of one of our communities.

Activities for Grandparents to Enjoy with Grandkids this Holiday Season

December 18, 2017

fun holiday activities with grandkidsGrandparents, be ready for when the grandkids visit. Here are some fun holiday activities to make your time with your grandkids fun and special.

If holiday time with your grandkids is limited, you’ll want to make the most of it and start celebrating early. Days filled with fun activities are a sure way to bond across the generations. We have some ideas for fun holiday activities to help you plan ahead.

Fun Holiday Activities for Grandparents and Grandkids to Enjoy

Try one or all of these activities with your grandkids to share some holiday cheer with the youngest generation.

  1. Build a Holiday Fairy House

Fairies continue to enchant the imaginations of young children, with many creating miniature houses and gardens for these tiny sprites to “live” in. If you’re not familiar with the trend, the idea is to build a welcoming place for fairies to visit. It’s the perfect opportunity for you and your grandchild to create something fun together.

Fairy houses are typically constructed out of materials from nature. Since it’s winter, you’ll have to think of ways to get access to suitable construction materials.

You can start with an unfinished bird house from the craft store. Sticks, wood, evergreens, and cranberries are all good choices for decorating it in a holiday theme.

In addition to natural materials, you will need double-sided tape, string, and hot glue to hold everything together. Other optional materials include acrylic paints, pine cones, and yarn. Finally, candy canes make sweet lawn decorations for your magical fairy house.

  1. Introduce Traditional Holiday Activities

If you aren’t very crafty, it’s not a problem. Sometimes the simplest activities make for the best times with your grandkids. How about making and sipping homemade hot chocolate together and then settling down to cut out some paper snowflakes?

Prepare by purchasing cocoa, festive mugs, whipped cream, and marshmallows. If you live in an assisted living community, ask the dining staff for help.

You’ll also want to have paper along with child-friendly scissors on hand. You can add pizazz to your snowflakes by using a variety of pretty papers. And don’t forget to practice beforehand if you’re rusty. These pointers for making paper snowflakes can help.

  1. Give the Birds a Holiday Treat

If you and your grandchild enjoy nature, plan an activity focused on caring for the birds. Assemble suet, birdseed, red ribbons, and string. Suet can be hung with a red bow, while birdseed can fill feeders that you adorn with a bow.

If you live in an assisted living community, consider creating a birdseed bell or wreath with a red ribbon. That way, you can hang it right outside your window. Future visits from your grandchild can include checking on the progress the birds have made on the bell.

  1. Give the Gift of Time

While kids love crafting, they treasure time spent with you no matter what you’re doing. When you take the time to listen to their stories or relate some of your own, you’re connecting in ways that boost their confidence and help them thrive.

Small children also love having holiday stories read to them. You can buy a holiday-themed book and give it as a gift, but you can also read it together. Other ideas include writing a holiday poem and looking at old family pictures. Kids love seeing pictures of their parents when they were kids, so if you have any, it’s time to bring them out.

We’re All Family at Legacy Senior Living

The holidays are rich with opportunities that all generations can enjoy together. And it’s one of the most festive times of year to visit a Legacy Senior Living community. Call us today to set up a time!

Holiday Gift Ideas for an Adult Who Lives in a Senior Living Community

December 11, 2017

Christmas gift ideasFinding the right gift for an older adult who lives in a senior living community can be challenging. Here are some gift ideas to help you this holiday season.

Older Americans are typically at a stage in life where they aren’t too keen on accumulating more “stuff.” Many older adults are downsizing and scaling back. If your loved one lives in a senior living community, space may also be limited.

So, what can families do when the holidays roll around and it’s gift-giving season?

What you need are a few good gift ideas for creating that special gift for your loved one. And we have some you might find interesting.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Adults

Consider these gift ideas for a senior loved one this holiday season:

  1. A Bit of Nostalgia: Top Music Picks for Your Loved One

Everyone loves music from when they were younger. So why not assemble a list of their favorites and create a personalized playlist or song collection for your loved one? Find out what was popular when they were in high school or ask relatives of the same age if they have any ideas.

Music can be therapeutic, after all, which is another reason it makes a great gift.

  1. Something Practical: Gift Cards

Gift cards come in endless varieties these days, covering almost every hobby or need. A fun idea might be to purchase a wallet or purse and fill it with gift cards.

Think about what the senior’s favorite indulgences are. Do they love books? Shoe shopping? Lunch at a local restaurant? Manicures? Buy gift cards that match their interests.

  1. Something Heartwarming: Family Keepsakes

Family memories become even more precious with time, which is why it’s important to preserve them however you can. Creating a special photo album or family calendar for your senior loved one can be a treasured holiday gift. Websites like Shutterfly offer endless options for you to customize photo products.

The great thing is that this is a gift that keeps on giving. It also provides the gift of spending time together as you reminisce and share a few laughs.

For families whose senior loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia, photo albums can help reconnect them with positive feelings and memories.

  1. Something to Look Forward to: a Special Calendar

If you live near your senior loved one, you can give them a year’s worth of planned get-togethers as a gift. Buy a pretty calendar and schedule monthly or weekly activities you can do together. Feel free to get as creative as you like, with ice cream dates, morning tea on Thursdays, yoga, or a home-cooked meal every Sunday.

The Team at Legacy Senior Living

As the holidays approach, the team at Legacy Senior Living is here for you in every way. Whether it’s providing you with holiday gift ideas or answering your senior living questions, we are happy to help. Call us to schedule a tour of a community near you!

Managing Diabetes during Holiday Party Season

December 4, 2017

Managing diabetesThe holidays are a festive time, but the focus on food can make it hard to eat right. Here’s a quick guide to enjoying holiday parties while making good food choices.

The holidays are a wonderful season to celebrate and enjoy time with friends and loved ones. But the focus on food at parties and family gatherings can make it tough to stick to a healthy lifestyle. The festivities are even tougher on the millions of Americans who live with diabetes.

When temptations abound, it’s more important than ever to manage your diabetes in a smart, well-planned way.

A Simple Guide for Managing Your Diabetes at Holiday Parties

Here are some tips that may help to get you through the holiday celebrations while safely managing your diabetes.

  1. Know the Best Holiday Foods to Eat

When it comes to the holiday buffet, healthy eating can be a matter of making the right choices. Start by eating veggies. They’ll take the edge off your appetite so you’ll be less likely to overindulge on the not-so-healthy stuff.

It’s also wise to plan your meal so that your overall carb intake isn’t too high. For example, if you can’t wait to savor the pumpkin pie cousin Grace always makes, skip the potatoes and bread.

It’s not always necessary to skip dessert, but you do have to make smart choices. For example, choosing pumpkin pie over pecan pie means you’ll be cutting calories and sugar by a third or more.

  1. Know Which Holiday Foods to Avoid

Let’s face it: holiday foods aren’t exactly synonymous with a healthy diet. Lots of sweets and rich food seem to go hand in hand with the celebrations. You can still enjoy your favorites by limiting portion size and making substitutions. However, there are some you should outright avoid.

Alcohol is a prime example. It may cause your blood sugar to swing dramatically. Plus, it is often loaded with calories. According to WebMD, one drink counts as two fat exchanges, so keep that in mind when you reach for the holiday grog.

Here are a few other interesting facts about alcohol and diabetes:

  • Alcohol stimulates your appetite. When you drink, your willpower and judgment may become weakened, which can lead you to make bad food choices.
  • Sweet wine and beer contain carbs, which can impact your blood sugar.
  • Alcohol can interfere with medications or insulin, putting you at risk for problems with your diabetes.

 

If you’re unsure of whether or not you should be drinking alcohol, talk to your doctor. They may tell you to avoid it altogether, or they might advise you on how much your limit should be.

  1. Treat Your Body Well

Holiday plans can disrupt your daily routine. Whether you’re attending parties or simply spending time shopping and visiting with friends, there’s a good chance you’re going out more.

Sometimes that means getting less sleep, which isn’t good for an adult with diabetes. Did you know sleep deprivation may cause you to eat more? And it can also cause you to crave food that is bad for you, like high-sugar, high-fat foods. Precisely the kind of food you’re apt to find at the holiday table. Try to get eight hours of sleep every night during the holiday season.

Getting adequate amounts of exercise also can help. Don’t let your packed schedule push exercise off your weekly calendar. It not only helps work off extra calories—it can also help reduce stress.

Lastly, stay on track with your medication schedule and continue to monitor your glucose.

  1. Remember What the Season is About

Finally, try to remember what’s truly important about the season. Holiday parties are for seeing friends and family and enjoying one another’s company. When you focus on that, you’re less likely to obsess about food and drink.

Live Well at Legacy Senior Living

At Legacy Senior Living, we’re committed to resident wellness. We know that spending time with loved ones is important for a senior’s mental and physical health. It’s why you’ll find an abundance of holiday events and activities for residents and their families to participate in all season long.

Call the Legacy community nearest you to ask for a copy of our holiday activities calendar, and make plans to celebrate the season by joining us for any event that looks enticing!

Celebrating the Holidays with a Senior in Assisted Living

November 27, 2017

How to celebrate the holidays. Two children and a senior woman make Christmas crafts

Is your senior loved one living in an assisted living community? Here’s how to celebrate the holidays in style, so they feel included and have a great time.

With the holiday season in full swing, your thoughts may be turning to loved ones and all the celebrations ahead of you.  If your family includes a senior who lives in an assisted living community, here are some meaningful ways to celebrate.

Having a senior in assisted living allows you two great options for celebrating: you can host your own gathering there or invite the family to attend festivities organized by the community.

Celebration #1: Have a Family Party at the Community

‘Tis the season for family parties, and one of the best places for holding yours could be at the senior living community where your loved one resides. Your senior loved one will enjoy having a chance to show off their family.

A surefire way to make the party more festive is to decorate for the season. This can be easily accomplished with a trip to the dollar store. Grab a cart and fill it up with holiday tableware, decorations, and everything that’s appropriate for your gathering. The idea is to transform the space into a winter wonderland or a holiday extravaganza.

Don’t forget music, presents, and a way to get everyone singing carols. For a special treat, consider hiring a piano player or DJ who can lead the group in singing holiday songs. If that isn’t possible, even a CD player with holiday CDs will do.

Be sure to call early to book the space for your get-together. You’ll want to coordinate everything with the team at the community. Ask about catering possibilities because the community’s dining services department may be able to help.

Celebration #2: Attend Some Holiday Events at Their Community

It’s natural for friends to exchange stories and to show interest in one another’s family members. Residents in senior living celebrate their ups and downs together, including those of their family members.

So when community events are open to families, it’s a great opportunity for everyone to meet. If you’ve met your mom’s (or dad’s) friends before, it’s a chance to catch up and have a good time together.

But the person having the best time will probably be your loved one. Feeling special and enjoying a party with all their friends and family in one place is the best celebration of all.

Holiday Events at Legacy Senior Living Communities

At Legacy Senior Living communities, we place a high value on family interaction. From inviting family members to meals to including everyone in our numerous, year-round community celebrations, we know the larger the social network, the happier everyone is.

Want to learn more?

You’re invited to visit, too. Stop by a Legacy Senior Living community near you any time for a tour.