65629480 - portrait of smiling senior couple in santa hats preparing for christmas in the eveningWith lights twinkling, ornaments hanging, and carolers singing, it’s that special time of year again! It’s Christmas, the most wonderful time of year. The holidays can be a joyous season, full of cheer. But many seniors often find the holidays confusing and hectic, especially in those coping with difficult changes, such as limited mobility or the loss of a spouse. This can ultimately lead to seasonal depression, says senior service, A Place for Mom.

Our mission at Regency Retirement Village Huntsville is to expose residents to the joys of the holidays and why we celebrate. Each resident can enjoy the company of peers in a similar age group, which helps to avoid isolation or lonely homebound seniors during the wintertime and holiday season. In our senior living community, we offer a multitude of on-campus activities to spark the Christmas spirit. In addition to Christmas, we also celebrate Hanukkah in our community. These holiday activities may include:

  • Baking holiday cookies
  • Making holiday cards for fellow residents
  • Watching holiday films
  • Celebrating the birth of our Lord
  • And many more!

Our senior residents can enjoy the upcoming festivities by wrapping presents, decorating their space, making ornaments for friends and loved ones, and singing along to holiday classics with Christmas carolers and choirs during this festive time of year.

The holidays are the time to be surrounded by family – that is the greatest gift, after all. At Regency, we strongly encourage our residents to invite their families to visit or pick up their loved one for a family get together. To make this Christmas season special for the senior in your life, contribute these 6 steps to have a happier holiday and merrier Christmas this year.

Take a trip down memory lane – there’s likely a few stories you’ve never heard.

  • Cherish your time – make every minute count. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Recognize Depression – this time of year can be hard, especially in seniors coping with the loss of a loved one or close friend.
  • Be mindful – For many seniors suffering from memory loss, the holidays can be confusing time.
  • Take It Slow – as we age, we tend to need a break here and there.
  • Ask them to help out in some small way – our seniors love every chance they get to help out!

In situations where getting together with family is not possible, due to distance or cost, you can still connect with loved ones during the holidays with a click of a button. Modern technologies, such as Skype or FaceTime, allow you to instantly feel closer to your family during the holiday season. For those who can’t celebrate with their families, remember that you always have your Regency family here for you.

In our senior living community, our holiday activities range from Christmas parties with singing Santa to recitals by the local children’s choir. Outings might include a bus ride through the city for those that want to experience the magic of Christmas through the twinkling lights and nativity scenes.

Whatever the season holds for you, Regency Senior Living is honored to celebrate these special times with you and your family. Happy Holidays!