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Celebrating Thanksgiving in Senior Living

Get Gobbled Up with Holiday Joy

Holidays should be a joyous and festive time, even when those holidays are spent in a senior living facility or community. There are simple ways to keep up the holiday spirit and continue the traditions you’ve always loved, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to celebrate the rich life you’ve lived so far.

 

Festive Feasting

If you love having your family and friends over to share in the festivities of this harvest time holiday, check into any activities your facility may have planned. Many senior care centers host Thanksgiving meals for their residents that are also open to guests.  You can spend that time with your loved one and share a feast without the stress of making the meal yourself. For family members visiting their loved ones in a senior living community, consider taking a special dish to share. Bringing a family favorite can be a great way to show you’re thinking of them and offer a tasty way to savor your personal traditions.

 

Have Playtime

Have some after dinner fun and get your whole family involved by playing board games you all love or learning some new games. It’s a great way to connect and create new memories to be thankful for, and you might even start new family traditions.

 

Be a Storyteller

Share your stories. Family visits are the perfect time to reminisce and play show and tell. Take out old photo albums and talk about years past – these are the stories that make up your family’s history.  You’ll be creating a connection between past and present by telling them about the things you remember.

 

Have an Attitude of Gratitude and Giving

Try showing your own thankfulness by giving back. Use the Thanksgiving holidays as an opportunity to get out and volunteer at places like soup kitchens or participate in food drives. You may even be able to help organize collections at your own community, so check into the possibilities of starting a station at your senior living facility and spread the word. If you’re supportive of the military, show your appreciation by taking part in activities such as holiday mail drives that send service-members and their families cards during the holiday season.

 

Thanksgiving should always be a special time for you and your family, and that special time of connection and celebration doesn’t have to fall by the wayside just because life has changed. Be thankful for the life you have and remember that it’s never too late to create new memories.

 

Give thanks and celebrate life! Call the caring and knowledgeable team of senior living experts at Watermark of Gulf Breeze Assisted Living & Memory Care to learn more about our senior care services today!