Three Reasons Holidays Are So Important to Seniors

November 1, 2023 / Senior Living Community
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A grandmother hugs her granddaughter at Christmas.

The holidays are something many of us look forward to all year. It’s a season full of fun activities, gatherings, seeing loved ones, and so much cheer. But for seniors, it’s an especially important time of year. 

While the holiday season can go by in the blink of an eye, it’s essential to slow down and look at the season through the eyes of seniors. Discover why the holidays are so important: 

1. Time with Loved Ones 

Holidays are truly the best time of year for seniors because it’s an opportunity to spend quality time with their family. Although some families are lucky enough to live in close proximity to one another, many are not. The holidays may be the one time of year that the whole family is in the same place. This makes the time together that much more special. 

2. Sharing Traditions

A special part about the holiday season is the family traditions that come with it. While watching a seasonal movie together may seem small, it can mean the world to seniors. Sharing a holiday tradition together offers the chance to connect and create a new memory. It also allows seniors a moment to reminisce on their own childhood and even share a story or two. Passing down a family recipe, story, or experience allows the traditions to live on from generation to generation. 

3. Opportunity to Connect with the Community 

The holidays have a way of bringing people together. From toy drives and volunteer opportunities to caroling and white elephant parties, there’s always something to do during the holiday season.  This provides seniors with the opportunity to make new friends, give back to the community, and even try out new things! Not only can these opportunities to participate in the community combat loneliness, but they can also provide seniors with a sense of purpose. 

This holiday season, try to cherish the time together a little bit more. Slow down through all the business and pay attention to your elderly neighbor, grandparent, or senior family member. Remember how much they look forward to this time of year and think about what you can do to make this season a little more special.


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