A Simple but Important Question: How Were your Holidays?
At the end of every year, millions of us join in a seasonal migration as big as any you’d ever see on “Animal Kingdom.” Maybe we board a plane, drive for hours or just pop across town, apple pie in hand, but we’re on the move to celebrate the holidays. And when we get there – wherever there is — we recreate sweet rituals that have defined families for years.
For some, it’s bringing out the “special” china. For others, it’s staying up for midnight services or taking a brisk walk after Christmas dinner. And against those familiar routines, we might take stock and notice changes. One year, it’s the little ones joining the grown-ups’ table. The next, it might be the college grad introducing the love of her life.
Sometimes, it’s noticing that we, ourselves — or the older adults in our lives — are having a harder time managing during the holiday. Against the measure of previous years, it may become clear that the energy reserves are running low. Perhaps you love preparing a Christmas tree, but found the process too difficult. Or maybe you struggled to get to the store and buy gifts for your grandchildren.
Does this sound familiar? Here are a few more questions that might offer some clarity into any differences you may have noticed over the holidays. Do your best to visualize and relive recent events, whether you’re thinking of the older adult in your life or applying the questions to yourself.
Did you notice that some of the holiday joy was diminished due to the number of things you felt you couldn’t do this year?
- Was your sense of loneliness and isolation greater than in years past?
- Did you find making arrangements and planning meals more overwhelming than in the past?
- Were you challenged to get out and run important holiday errands?
- Was it less fun this year to have to do so much work?
If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, you probably know already that you need to make a change. Life usually doesn’t improve when we stubbornly ignore the facts, but it can get better when we take a look and assess what positive changes we can make moving forward.
Here’s the thing: There are a number of options you could consider to make the aging process easier, but you might want to see how moving into a Holiday Retirement community could help you age with greater independence and more joy.
At Holiday, we offer communities that provide the warm connections, fun activities and carefree living that truly add life to your years. For example, we’re happy to take on the cooking, light housekeeping and maintenance tasks for our residents, so you have more time to spend learning, exploring and enjoying your life. Just think of what you could do with all the hours you now spend on chores. Or, you might just want to relax and do nothing at all! Either way, it’s your time.
We know that life is more interesting for people who are active and engaged, so our communities are brimming with life during the holiday season. And after the holidays are long gone, we have activities and programs designed to appeal to all types of folks. Whether it’s learning a new board game, playing Bean Bag Baseball, Volunteers for a local charity or sampling a fun restaurant with a group of new friends, you’ll never suffer from a lack of options for how to spend your time at Holiday.
And speaking of new friends, we know that relationships are the key to a rich, rewarding life at any age. After all, they’re the reason we do all that holiday traveling in the first place! So you can count on the warm smiles and kind support given by our staff, who are available to help you in any way possible. And newcomers here are delighted – truth be told, they’re often a little relieved — to discover how quickly and easily neighbors turn into good friends at Holiday.
Think back to any changes you may have noticed over the holidays. Then consider taking a step toward a future of aging with greater independence. That step can be as simple as contacting us, but why not come by for a visit and a friendly meal? The answer to that question just might turn into a great start for the new year!