How Senior Move Managers Can Ease the Transition to Assisted Living

January 27, 2020

If the idea of downsizing is keeping you or a loved one from moving to assisted living, a senior move manager might be the solution. 

Moving to a new residence can be overwhelmingly hard work. The task may be even more difficult if you are assisting a senior who has lived in their home for many years. The older adult likely has acquired many belongings that you will need to sort through.

The prospect of downsizing and packing can leave families feeling daunted about how and where to begin. If this sounds like your family’s situation, the support of an experienced, professional senior move manager may be helpful.

What Is a Senior Move Manager?

While you can easily hire professional movers to do the heavy lifting, most aren’t experts at managing the unique needs of older adults. A senior move manager has experience with those issues, from the emotions of leaving the family home behind to understanding how to dispose of unneeded items.

Senior move managers are trained to support older adults throughout the process of downsizing and moving. They also know how to help a senior and their family navigate the emotional highs and lows that accompany a move.

A senior move manager typically begins by sitting down with a family to create a relocation plan. It will include all the tasks that must be completed prior to moving to a senior living community.

A few additional ways a senior move manager can help during this process include:

  • Develop a timeline for the move from start to finish

  • Create a floor plan for furniture in the new apartment or villa

  • Sort, pack, donate or dispose of household treasures and belongings

  • Set up an online auction to sell unneeded items

  • Make arrangements for an estate sale or auction

  • Schedule local charities to pick up unneeded items

  • Interview and supervise a moving company

  • Oversee a cleaning service after the old house is vacated

  • Unpack and settle the new apartment or villa

To find a certified senior move manager near you, search the online database for the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM).

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Senior Move Manager

When you are hiring any professional, including a senior move manager, asking the right questions is essential. Here are a few to help you identify a move manager who is the best fit for your family:

  • How much experience do you have as a move manager?
  • How many seniors have you assisted with this process?
  • Are you NASSM certified, or have you completed another formal training program?
  • How do you charge for your services—hourly or by the job?
  • Will you provide a written quote and a contract?
  • Are you bonded and insured for theft or damage that may occur during the packing process or move?
  • Are you fully insured for liability and workers’ compensation for yourself and any employees you have?
  • Can you provide references, including phone numbers of past clients?

The bottom line is that finding a partner who can guide your family through this process can make the transition to a senior living community easier for everyone.

Legacy Senior Living Serves Seniors in the Southeast

If you are beginning the search for independent or assisted living, we encourage you to visit a Legacy Senior Living community. With communities in six southern states, you’ll find a variety of services and amenities designed to help older adults enjoy their best quality of life. Call us today to set up a time for your private tour!

5 Ways to Prevent the Blues When You Are a Caregiver

January 21, 2020

Protecting your mental health is vital when you are a caregiver. These five tips can help.

Caring for a senior is rewarding work. It often gives the family elder and the caregiver an opportunity to reconnect and reminiscence. Adult children frequently move a loved one into their home, at least on a temporary basis, to make it easier to care for them. That time together may lead to memories that last a lifetime.

It’s important, however, not to overlook the tough aspects of caregiving. When you are responsible for another person’s health and well-being, the stress can be significant. So can the physical and emotional demands. If the senior has difficulty leaving the home, caregivers may find themselves feeling isolated and alone.

The pressures of the caregiving role may lead you to develop the blues, or a more serious case of depression. Finding ways to look after your mental health and emotional well-being is essential.

Practicing Healthy Self-Care While You Are a Caregiver

  • Eat well

When you are run down from juggling too many responsibilities, it’s not just your physical health that deteriorates. Your mental health may also suffer. That’s just one of the many reasons caregivers need to stick to a healthy diet. While it might not seem possible when your schedule is already overbooked, eating a well-balanced diet will give you the energy you need to be a better caregiver.

This is an area where friends and family can pitch in. Lotsa Helping Hands makes it easy for loved ones to sign up to deliver meals to you. If you aren’t comfortable with that, consider using a home-delivered meal service like Sun Basket, Silver Cuisine, or Hello Fresh.

  • Laugh

The old adage that laughter is the best medicine is a truthful one, especially when you are a caregiver. By staying in touch with people who make you laugh and boost your spirits, you may be able to prevent the caregiver blues or a bout with depression. In-person visits, at least once or twice a month, are best. In between, you can use video chat services or FaceTime to enjoy more meaningful talks with friends.

  • See the doctor

Family caregivers are notorious for neglecting their own health. If you’ve gotten away from having an annual physical and staying on track with important screenings, schedule an appointment with your doctor today. When you visit them, make sure to explain that you are a caregiver under considerable stress.

  • Exercise

Don’t make the mistake of equating being busy with exercising. While caregivers usually have full schedules, they need to make time for exercise to avoid a health crisis. Walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, and tai chi offer both mental and physical benefits. It may be easier to work exercise in to your day if you break it up into 10- or 15-minute sessions two or three times a day.

  • Accept help

Caregivers often feel that no one else will provide a loved one with the kind of care they can. This may lead them to turn down offers of help and to not explore professional senior care options. It’s vital to understand, however, that no one can do it all alone. Having a few hours of time to yourself will make you a better parent, spouse, employee, and caregiver. One solution to consider is respite care in an assisted living community. The senior will enjoy the same services as long-term residents, giving the caregiver time to take a break.

Respite Care at Legacy Senior Living

Respite care is often a great way to get to know an assisted living community. It gives the senior an opportunity to see if the community is a good fit while giving a weary caregiver time to relax and restore their own well-being. If you are a caregiver for a senior who lives in the Southeast, we invite you to visit a Legacy Senior Living community near you to learn more about our services.

Brain Aerobics: Activities to Help Improve Memory

January 15, 2020

Looking for ways to protect brain health and boost memory? Here are a few suggestions to explore.

Even if we don’t always comply, most of us know the doctor is right when they say daily exercise is essential. It helps with weight control, cholesterol, diabetes, and stress management.

What fewer people understand is that exercise is essential for giving the brain a daily workout. Like the muscles in our body, the brain needs exercise to stay strong. According to dementia experts, exercise might also help delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Tips for Exercising Your Brain

When it comes to building strong muscles and core strength, repetition is often the key. For your brain, however, the opposite is true. To avoid cognitive loss, the brain needs the stimulation of novelty. Learning and growing aids in warding off decline.

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation says that learning is like aerobics for the brain. In fact, it might decrease your risk for developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 70%!

What does a workout for the brain entail?

We have some suggestions for you to consider.

  • Learn a new language: Mastering another language challenges the brain. Combining language lessons with researching the country’s culture is even better. You can sign up for a class at a local community college or utilize an online platform like Babbel or Rosetta Stone.
  • Start a band: Music provides a variety of health benefits, including protecting brain health. If you already play an instrument, recruit a few musical friends to form your own band. If you are new to music, sign up for a class to learn how to play an instrument. Fortunately, you don’t have to be good at it for your brain to enjoy a good workout. It’s the process of learning that promotes a healthier brain.
  • Read: Reading is another great way to keep your brain challenged as you age. It’s an inexpensive activity you can enjoy anywhere. Your local library likely has an app you can download on your tablet to make it easy to borrow books.
  • Write: Writing can also give your brain a healthy workout. If you’ve never been a writer, begin with a simple project. For example, write about your day in a journal, or record your family history to share at your next reunion. To help them get started writing, some people create a list of questions to answer. These writing prompts might also make it a little easier to tap in to your creativity.
  • Get moving: Physical activity is good for your body, mind, and spirit, especially if you continuously mix things up. Go for a walk or a bike ride every day, but vary your route. Swim at the local YMCA and use different strokes and water exercises.
  • Play games: Whether it’s a few rounds of solitaire on your tablet or a Scrabble competition with friends, playing cards and games stimulates the brain. Those that require memory and strategy skills are even better.

Dementia Care for Seniors

At Legacy Senior Living communities, we offer specialized care for adults with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Our memory care centers—known as The Harbor—are a refuge from the storms caused by the disease.

If you have questions about The Harbor or would like to schedule a tour, please call the community nearest you. One of our experienced dementia caregivers will be glad to help!

What Is Glaucoma and How Can Seniors Prevent It?

January 6, 2020

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness for seniors. Learn more about this disease, including how it is identified and treated.

Vision loss becomes more common with age. It contributes to challenges ranging from difficulty driving to an increased risk of experiencing a fall. One of the vision problems seniors are most likely to develop is glaucoma. While it is typically treatable, the condition must be detected early.

Experts say about three million Americans have glaucoma, but only about half of them realize it. It causes 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness.

What Is Glaucoma?

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are two primary types of glaucoma:

  • Primary open-angle glaucoma: This type of the disease occurs when fluid doesn’t drain from the eye as it should. Pressure in the eye builds and gradually causes damage to the optic nerve. The most common form of glaucoma, it is painless and has no symptoms at first. Early signs of the disease can be detected only through an eye exam.
  • Closed-angle glaucoma: When an adult’s iris is located very close to the drainage angle in their eye, the iris can block it from draining. When the drainage angle becomes completely blocked, pressure in the eye rises very quickly. This is an emergency that must be treated immediately to prevent blindness. Common symptoms include nausea and vomiting, headache, severe eye pain, blurry vision, and seeing rainbow-colored rings or halos around lights.

Early diagnosis and intervention are essential for any type of glaucoma.

Risk Factors for Glaucoma

What can older adults do to lower their risk for developing this common vision issue?

It begins with knowing the risk factors and taking steps to minimize those that are preventable. The most common risk factors for glaucoma include:

  • Age: The risk of developing glaucoma begins to increase at age 40.
  • Genetics: You are more likely to be diagnosed if a family member has the disease.
  • Heritage: People of African, Hispanic, or Asian descent are at increased risk.
  • Steroids: Long-term steroid use also puts you at higher risk for glaucoma.
  • Eye injury: Having a previous eye injury is also linked to developing glaucoma.

You are also more likely to experience glaucoma if you have diabetes, migraines, high blood pressure, or poor blood circulation.

Glaucoma Screening and Treatment

A yearly eye exam is vital to identify and intervene early in a variety of vision problems, including glaucoma. Experts recommend having a baseline exam by age 40.

During a glaucoma screening, the doctor will measure the pressure in the eye, the shape and color of the optic nerve, the angle where the iris meets the cornea, and the thickness of the cornea. They will also evaluate the complete field of vision.

If the physician detects signs of glaucoma, they will attempt to lower the pressure in the eye. That typically begins with eye drops but may also include other treatment options, such as oral medications, surgery, or lasers.

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If you are an older adult or a family caregiver, we encourage you to bookmark the Legacy Senior Living blog and stop back frequently. We strive to bring you the latest findings on successful aging, senior living, dementia care, and more.

Should you have questions about senior living, we invite you to visit one of our communities. With locations in six states in the Southeast, our homelike communities allow older adults to live their best quality of life.

Helping a Senior with Dementia Overcome Sleep Problems

December 30, 2019

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, sleep issues might be adding to the challenge of the role. These tips can help you both sleep better.

If you talk with a spouse or adult child who is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, there’s no doubt they’ll list sleep as one of their greatest caregiving challenges. People with the disease can seem to survive on very little sleep for extended periods of time. This may result in a pace that is exhausting for caregivers.

While pharmacological sleep solutions are available, most are used only as a last resort. Because seniors with Alzheimer’s react differently to medication than their peers without dementia, physicians are sometimes reluctant to prescribe them.

Fortunately, there are steps loved ones can take that may help overcome sleep disorders caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Helping a Senior with Alzheimer’s Sleep Well

First, take time to learn more about what might be causing a senior’s sleep problems. Researchers have a few ideas on why sleep can be so elusive for people with Alzheimer’s. Some of these reasons are:

  • Overstimulation: Because Alzheimer’s causes damage to the brain, people who have the disease may struggle to process overly hectic or noisy surroundings. Overstimulation, especially in the late afternoon or evening, might be the reason a senior with Alzheimer’s is having difficulty getting to sleep.
  • Sundowner’s Syndrome: Sundowning is common among adults with Alzheimer’s. As many as 20 percent of people with the disease will experience it. The condition causes restlessness and increased confusion as the sun begins to set. People with Alzheimer’s who are affected by sundowning are more likely to wander during this time of day. It can wreak havoc on a senior’s (and their caregiver’s!) sleep schedule.
  • Increased agitation and anxiety: People who have Alzheimer’s typically experience increased levels of agitation and anxiety. Researchers attribute this to changes in the brain caused by the disease. These heightened emotions can make it difficult to unwind and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
  • Problems with sleep-wake cycles: Research also seems to indicate that adults who have Alzheimer’s undergo changes in their sleep-wake cycle. In the early stages of the disease, a senior may wake up frequently throughout the night. They might get up and wander. As the disease progresses, they may get their days and nights mixed up, causing them to sleep soundly all day and be awake all night long.
  • Medication problems: Like anyone else, people with Alzheimer’s might be taking medications that lead to sleep problems. Anti-depressants and steroids can cause insomnia in some people. Decongestants can cause drowsiness that might disrupt traditional sleep schedules.

Then move on to understanding what interventions you can take to help your loved one—and yourself—get a good night of sleep.

10 Ways to Help a Senior with Alzheimer’s Sleep

Here are 10 steps you can take to help your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease overcome sleep problems:

  1. Have a structured daily schedule that restricts stimulating activities to early morning hours.
  2. Review the senior’s prescription and over-the-counter medication list with their physician or pharmacist to identify potential side effects or interactions.
  3. Schedule a physical examination with their primary care physician to see if there is an undiagnosed health problem that might be causing pain.
  4. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants that might make sleep difficult.
  5. Limit fluid intake during evening hours so the senior doesn’t wake up during the night needing the bathroom.
  6. Turn off the television in the evening and play soft, soothing music before bedtime to help the senior unwind.
  7. Stick with a consistent bedtime and morning wake-up time.
  8. Discourage naps late in the day or early in the evening.
  9. Exercise early every morning to avoid overstimulation at night.
  10. Create a restful sleep environment for the senior that includes blackout curtains, a comfortable mattress, a cool temperature, and soft music playing with a sleep timer.

Legacy Memory Care

If you are struggling to keep a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s healthy and safe at home, it might be time to consider a move to a memory care community. At Legacy communities, our memory care program is known as The Harbor. It’s designed to be a refuge from the storms associated with memory disorders.

Call us today to schedule a private tour of The Harbor memory care program nearest you.

Preventing Holiday Depression When You Are a Caregiver

December 16, 2019

Are you a caregiver struggling to navigate the holidays? This information may help.

Caregivers and depression

For family caregivers, the “most wonderful time of the year” might be anything but. Juggling caregiving duties with a family, career, and the holidays can add up to too much stress. For some caregivers, it can lead to a case of the blues or a more serious diagnosis of depression. Understanding what may be triggering the downward turn in your emotions may help you figure out what to do to prevent it.

Here are a few common reasons caregivers and seniors experience holiday blues and depression:

  • Unrealistic expectations: The role of caregiver is a demanding one. When you add the hectic pace of the holidays to the mix, it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
  • Missing out: It can be isolating to be a caregiver for a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease or another health condition that makes it unsafe for them to stay alone. This is especially true when friends and family members are gathering to celebrate the season.
  • Unresolved grief: Adult children often take on the role of primary caregiver for one parent after the death of another. The demands of caring for a loved one whose health is declining can prevent you from having time to process the grief of losing another beloved family member.
  • Lack of sunlight: Cold winter days may make it tough for a caregiver to get out into the sunlight. For some, a lack of exposure to the sun can lead to a medical condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a serious health issue that often requires medical intervention.

While many assume it’s normal to feel a little blue when they are struggling to manage the demands of caregiving, it’s important to know that depression is not a normal sign of caregiver stress.

Common Warning Signs of Depression

The most common symptoms of depression at any time of year, including the holidays, are:

  • Feelings of sadness that persist for a few weeks or more
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and pastimes
  • Fatigue that doesn’t improve with a good night’s rest
  • Easily triggered crying spells
  • Change in disposition or frequent mood swings
  • Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
  • Unintentional weight gain or loss
  • Problems with sleep, including sleeping too much or too little
  • Shortened attention span or inability to concentrate

If more than one or two of these symptoms describe your current situation, you might have the holiday blues or a more serious case of depression.

Beating the Holiday Blues

To help boost your mood, try the following interventions:

  • Use respite care at an assisted living community so you have time to join in the holiday festivities.
  • Take advantage of technologies like video chat and social media to stay connected to friends and family.
  • Pay careful attention to your diet. Eating healthy foods and avoiding alcoholic beverages that may exacerbate symptoms of depression might help.
  • Be kind to yourself. Accept that when you are a caregiver, it is essential to lower your expectations for the holidays and avoid putting unrealistic pressure on yourself.
  • Ask for help. Caregivers aren’t always good about asking for or accepting assistance. Give yourself permission to do both so you have more time to focus on engaging in activities that bring you joy.
  • Talk with your physician about using a sun lamp to help overcome the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. They are designed to mimic the sun’s rays and boost mental health.

If your symptoms don’t resolve, call your physician. While it may be difficult to admit you need help, getting the medical attention you need is important.

Legacy Senior Living Respite Care

Respite is a short-term care solution that gives family caregivers an opportunity to take a break. Your senior loved one can be our guest and enjoy the same care, services, and amenities as our long-term residents.

Call the Legacy Senior Living community nearest you to learn more!

Lifestyle Choices That May Lower Your Risk for Cancer

December 9, 2019

Lifestyle choices can lower—or raise—your risk of developing cancer. Here’s what adults of all ages should know.

A cancer diagnosis can be life-changing, whether it is for yourself or someone close to you. When you see the statistics, it’s easy to understand why cancer is such a frightening word to hear from a doctor. In 2018, it’s estimated that 1,735,350 people were diagnosed with cancer in this country, and 609,640 died from some form of the disease.

While some types of cancer are linked to genetics, others can be influenced by lifestyle choices. The latter include lung, liver, and skin cancers. By making smart lifestyle choices, you may be able to lower your risk for some types of cancer.

Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle Choices That May Impact Your Risk

  • Stay active

When it comes to staying active, exercising and avoiding sitting for long periods of time are two separate but equally important factors. Here’s what you should know about each.

A sedentary lifestyle is dangerous. So much so that researchers are now saying it may be as bad for your health as smoking! It is linked to higher risk for several types of cancer, including prostate and pancreatic cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the weight gain and obesity common among people who are sedentary.

You may also be able to lower your risk of cancer by exercising at least 30 minutes, five times a week. Breaking up the exercise into two daily sessions might be easier on a busy schedule, or for an older adult who is just getting back into exercising. For example, a brisk 15-minute walk in the morning combined with a 15-minute yoga session in the evening can help you stay fit.

  • Avoid exposure to tobacco

The connection between smoking and lung cancer is indisputable. Smoking is linked to between 80 and 90 percent of all lung cancer diagnoses. But tobacco also contributes to other forms of cancer, such as throat, kidney, stomach, liver, and mouth cancer. If you use tobacco of any kind, whether it is smokeless tobacco or cigarettes, the best thing you can do to lower your cancer risk is to stop.

Secondhand smoke is deadly too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 41,000 deaths a year are linked to secondhand smoke. Those who live with smokers should require them to smoke outdoors.

  • Follow a healthy diet

Your diet can also impact your odds of developing cancer. Some research shows that consuming processed foods and red meat may put you at higher risk. Avoid ready-to-eat and frozen foods such as lunch meat and processed meats, canned soups, frozen dinners, and other foods that contain a high concentration of preservatives and additives.

Instead, opt for a diet that is primarily plant-based. Green vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, legumes, and walnuts are believed to help ward off cancer. One example of a diet that emphasizes plants and other whole foods is the Mediterranean Diet, which is linked to lower incidences of many diseases, including cancer.

  • Protect yourself from the sun

Skin cancer is one of the fastest-growing forms of cancer. You can help prevent it by taking steps to protect your skin. Apply and reapply sunscreen when you will be outside or riding in a car. Avoid being outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. Wear long sleeves and a hat that shields your face.

  • Drink alcohol in moderation

People who consume more alcohol experience higher rates of cancer. Researchers believe it isn’t only the alcohol that is the problem. Risky behaviors commonly associated with overindulging in alcohol may also contribute. For example, heavy drinkers are more likely to eat unhealthy foods and forgo exercise.

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If you are a senior or a family caregiver, we encourage you to bookmark and follow the Legacy Senior Living blog. We update it frequently to bring you the latest research and information on aging, senior living, caregiving, dementia, and more.

Should you be interested in learning more about housing options for older adults, we invite you to call the Legacy Senior Living community nearest you. One of our experienced team members will be happy to help!

How Assisted Living Promotes Senior Independence

December 2, 2019

Assisted living communities provide just the right balance between support and independence. Learn more about the benefits here.

Maintaining independence can become more challenging with age. While seniors frequently associate moving to an assisted living community with a loss of freedom, the opposite is actually true. Assisted living residents have their own private apartment, with caregivers nearby to provide a helping hand as needed.

Assisted living communities create an individualized care plan for each resident. It acts as a guide for delivering just the right amount of care and support to enable an older adult to remain both safe and independent.

The Benefits of an Assisted Living Community

For some seniors, having a helping hand to stay on track with medications can prevent a mistake that results in a trip to the emergency room. Others find they can take advantage of an assisted living community’s transportation services to see the doctor on a regular basis.

A well-balanced diet helps to nourish the body. It is essential for maintaining muscle mass, which is vital for avoiding a debilitating fall. That’s another way assisted living promotes senior independence.

From opportunities to stay active and engaged to well-balanced meals, assisted living also offers myriad benefits to older adults:

  • Care that changes with needs: While a senior might move to an assisted living community when they are still relatively independent, a good community will offer additional care solutions as an elder’s needs change. That lowers stress associated with future care and provides peace of mind to older adults and their loved ones.
  • Events and activities: From art classes to movie nights, assisted living communities give residents a variety of ways to meet new friends and pursue engaging activities. Both are essential for preventing some of the health conditions associated with isolation and loneliness, such as diabetes and depression.
  • Maintenance-free living: Seniors who have a house to maintain might continue to tackle repairs and household chores that may put them at risk for a fall. Tasks as seemingly simple as climbing a ladder to change a light bulb become more dangerous as you grow older. In an assisted living community, the burdens of homeownership are left behind. Household chores, maintenance, and repairs are taken care of for you.
  • Stay-well programs: A quality assisted living community, such as Legacy Senior Living, places great emphasis on health and wellness. They offer programs designed to help residents live their best quality of life. You’ll find stretching classes, chair yoga, raised beds for gardening, and meditation.
  • Other necessities and conveniences: Assisted living communities also offer a host of other amenities. For example, on-site beauty and barber shops give residents easy access to haircuts, manicures, and other services. Other popular amenities range from aides to assist with pet care to concierge services to sign for packages.

Tour a Legacy Senior Living Community Near You

The holidays are a great time of year to visit and tour an assisted living community. The halls are festively decked and holiday carols abound. Call the Legacy Senior Living community nearest you today to schedule a private visit!

Tips to Enjoy a Skip-Gen Getaway

November 18, 2019

Skip-gen travel refers to grandparents taking the grandkids on a vacation. Learn how to plan a getaway with the younger generation of your family.

The holidays can be a great time to try a new trend: a skip-gen getaway. This phrase describes grandparents and their grandchildren vacationing together.

As people enjoy longer, healthier lives, it’s increasingly common for grandparents to be involved with their grandchildren’s daily activities. More and more, that includes traveling.

If you haven’t yet embarked on a vacation with your grandkids, we have a few tips to help you get started.

How to Organize a Skip-Gen Vacation with Your Grandkids

  • Be realistic.

You might want to start with a short vacation close to your grandchildren’s home. A long weekend or a few days during their holiday break could work. If you haven’t done this before, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can easily return the kids to their mom and dad if they get too homesick.

  • Decide between plane, train, or automobile.

Car travel is often easier and less expensive than air travel when several generations are involved. It can also be easier to coordinate. Another avenue to consider is train travel. Short overnight train trips where you spend a night or two in a sleeper car might seem like a grand adventure to kids.

  • Think beyond Disney.

While it’s tempting to head to a Disney theme park, other destinations can be fun and less crowded during the holidays. Explore opportunities in the towns and cities near you.

Natural history museums can be fun for kids of all ages. They are typically home to dinosaurs, mummies, sharks, and other kid-enticing exhibits.

  • Find kid-friendly lodging.

Take your time exploring hotels and reading reviews. Be sure to book a kid-friendly option! An on-site restaurant, indoor pool, or game room can make even a rainy day more fun.

You also won’t want to worry about the grandkids making too much noise at hotels more accustomed to business travelers than families. This list of 17 kid-friendly hotels from a U.S. News survey of travel advisors might help.

  • Explore restaurants and ice cream shops online.

Before you leave home, surf the internet for family-friendly restaurants and ice cream shops with good reviews. Having a list of places to eat with kid-friendly atmospheres can help you stay on budget while enjoying yourselves.

  • Let the grandkids help.

Another way to make the trip more meaningful is to involve your grandchildren in the planning. This can even be done long distance if you don’t live close to one another. For example, you could come up with a list of destinations and let them pick their favorite.

The bottom line is with careful planning, you can enjoy skip-gen adventures and make memories to cherish for years to come.

Intergenerational Activities at Legacy Communities

At Legacy Senior Living, we understand the importance of intergenerational bonds. From scouting troop visits during the holidays to family nights, you’ll find a variety of intergenerational life enrichment activities in our communities.

If you’ve been considering a move to an independent or assisted living community, we invite you to call the Legacy community nearest you. We’ll be happy to schedule a personal tour!

Gift Guide for Seniors in Assisted Living

November 11, 2019

Are you struggling to think of a holiday gift for an older adult who lives in an assisted living community? Here are a few ideas you might find helpful.

Every year as the holidays approach, we hear a familiar question from adult children: what gift can we get our mom or dad? Purchasing a holiday gift for a senior who seems to have everything because they live in an assisted living community where most of their wants and needs are provided.

We do have a few suggestions for gifts residents enjoy and several ideas for meaningful experience gifts.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Assisted Living Residents

  • Personalized stationery:

This is a generation that still believes in writing letters and sending personal thank-you notes. A thoughtful holiday gift might be stationery set with their name and address printed on it, along with address labels, postage stamps, and a nice pen.

  • Plants:

While a senior may not have a lot of extra room in their apartment or suite, there’s always space for plants! In addition to making the home look more inviting, many plants also purify the air.

  • Digital subscriptions:

While many senior living communities offer cable, they don’t usually include subscriptions to specialty channels. You could pay for a yearly membership to Netflix or Hulu so the senior has instant access to movies and favorite television series.

  • Arts and crafts supplies:

Ample research shows the health benefits of engaging in artsy pursuits. From better brain function to a stronger immune system, supplies that spark creativity make for some healthy fun. You can also purchase or put together a fun craft kit or scrapbooking sets, such as drawing supplies or a beginner watercolor package.

  • Indulgence gifts:

A senior on a tight budget might not indulge themselves often. That’s why gifts like a favorite perfume or cologne might be appreciated. A gift certificate for a manicure or hair cut at their assisted living community’s beauty/barbershop or gift cards to local restaurants are also treats.

  • Charitable donations:

You might consider donating to a charity the senior feels passionate about. You could include logo gifts from the charity’s online store. Many sell T-shirts, mugs, hats, and more to raise additional funds.

Giving Experience Gifts during the Holidays

For many older adults, quality time may be the greatest holiday gift of all. You can plan a special outing or gathering to celebrate the season with your loved one. Bringing together several generations of the family is a gift that keeps on giving. Giving Seniors “Experience” Gifts this Holiday Season has a variety of suggestions.

Visit a Legacy Community during the Holidays

If you’ve been considering visiting a senior living community on behalf of a loved one, drop by during the holidays. From joyful choral concerts to games, the holidays are a festive time to visit. Call the Legacy community nearest you to set up a time.