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December 8, 2021

Holiday happiness for residents in independent living communities

By: Country Meadows | Community, Independent Living, Wellness

The holidays are a joyful time of year at the best retirement communities. But for some older adults, the winter holidays may not be the most wonderful time of the year.

Providing multiple opportunities for seniors to participate in holiday traditions is important for individuals living in independent living communities. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 43 percent of seniors report feeling lonely on a regular basis. During the holidays, loneliness can blossom into depression as individuals mourn the loss of holidays from days past.

As the weather outside becomes “frightful,” independent living communities such as Country Meadows are warm, cozy and filled with holiday spirit. Halls are decked and spirits are aglow as professional design teams decorate lobbies, dining rooms and common areas, honoring varied traditions to help make residents’ holiday spirits bright.

At independent living communities, a plethora of activities, entertainment and social opportunities regularly fill monthly activity calendars. During the winter holidays, calendars at active adult communities become even more robust, enabling residents to be as busy as they want to be, providing new ways to celebrate the season.

Dynamic Living teams plan activities at independent living communities to celebrate popular holiday pastimes from trimming holiday trees and creating winter crafts to holiday baking to participating in purposeful service opportunities such as sending care packages to soldiers oversees. Team members work hard to provide safe opportunities for residents to celebrate by trying new foods, taking in festive musical performances and plays, enjoying night rides to view beautiful holiday lights and on and on.

Residents of independent living communities, too, are in the holiday spirit by decorating their doors and apartments with sentimental holiday decorations from their lives, sharing them with friends and neighbors while discovering new ways to celebrate.

In addition to celebratory events, learning opportunities abound at independent living communities and senior communities as residents learn about different religious customs and attend events honoring traditions of varied faiths. Residents enjoy attending menorah lightings and traditional Hanukkah dinners, trimming a Christmas tree and exchanging gifts, lighting candles representing Kwanzaa’s seven principles and gathering for delicious, special holiday meals.

No matter how seniors choose to celebrate the holiday season at independent living communities, the one thing all of these traditions have in common is togetherness. Active adult communities are alive with holiday joy.

Country Meadows has nine locations in Pennsylvania and one campus location in Frederick, Maryland. Often referred to as one of the best independent living communities in the area, we offer a wide range of services to serve a variety of resident needs. The services within our independent living communities include restorative care, rehabilitation, personal care and assisted living, memory support and independent living. If you or a loved one are beginning the retirement planning journey and would like more information about our independent senior living residences, please contact us today. Our co-workers can provide details on the services we offer, help you to schedule a tour of our independent living communities and answer any other questions you might have.


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