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Make a Halloween Visit to the Assisted Living Community

Halloween isn’t just a special day for kids. In fact, it has grown to become the second largest holiday in the U.S.  The financial team at Investopia estimates that Americans spend $8 billion on Halloween each year.  Not surprisingly older adults, including those who live in senior living communities, are a part of that trend.  The holiday provides an opportunity for independent and assisted living residents to bridge the generation gap and most do so with great enthusiasm.

The Benefits of Intergenerational Halloween Celebrations

Communities like Elmcroft Senior Living host a variety of intergenerational programs for seniors throughout the week of Halloween.  From costume parades to pumpkin carving contests, residents of senior living communities enjoy having the opportunity to celebrate this spooktacular day.  Probably the most popular intergenerational event is an open house-style trick-or-treat night, which most communities host.  Residents dress up in costumes and hand out treats and goodies to young trick-or-treaters from the area.

Intergenerational events like these are a great way for kids to interact and have fun with seniors.  For children, especially those who have grandparents who live out of town, the experience can provide them with a chance to see how much fun life can be at any age.

For the residents of senior living communities, children are always a welcome addition to the day.  The fun of dressing up and interacting with young children often brings back memories of their childhood and of days when their own children were the kids dressing up.

Halloween Fun at an Elmcroft Senior Living Community Near You

If you would like to give your children or youth group the opportunity to enjoy an intergenerational Halloween this year, our communities welcome you.  We invite you to call the Elmcroft community nearest you for their Halloween schedule and join the fun!

Father’s Day Gift Guide for Assisted Living Residents

With Father’s Day just around the corner, many adult children may be wondering what gift to buy for a Dad who calls an assisted living community home. Their basic needs are taken care of by the staff at the community; life enrichment activities often keep them busy and engaged; and they have limited space in their apartment for new treasures. All of these things combine to make gift giving more challenging. To help give you some ideas, we’ve pulled together a few gift suggestions our staff has noticed are a big hit with residents.

Gifts for Fathers in an Assisted Living Community

Here are a few ideas your senior loved one might enjoy this year:

1. If your budget permits, a tablet device like an iPad will likely be appreciated. The touch screen and easy internet access allow older adults to check their email, send messages to family members, join a conversation on Facebook, read the latest novel from their favorite author, and even Skype with grandchildren.

2. Bird watching is a favorite pastime for many assisted living residents. Most communities allow residents to have a bird house or bird feeder right outside their window. Some feeders can even be attached by suction cups to the window to allow residents to watch their feathered friends close up. Keeping the feeder full is a great activity for grandchildren to do when they visit. You might also consider adding a book that helps your senior loved one identify what kind of bird is visiting their window.

3. Gift cards to local restaurants and shops or even their favorite online stores are great choices for gifts. The assisted living community’s Healthy Lifestyles Director can share suggestions on what restaurants or local hot spots they routinely take residents to on outings. Gift cards to those venues will no doubt be a hit!

4. Put together a gift basket of games and puzzles. Large print crossword puzzles, dominoes, cribbage boards, puzzles with bigger pieces, and even a non-breakable magnifying lens can help them enjoy a game on their own or with a few friends.

5. Gifts from the heart will always be welcomed by senior loved ones. Depending upon your technology skills, you can create something as simple as a family scrapbook or calendar with family photos to a full-blown family video set to their favorite music.

6. Finally, don’t overlook the gift of your time. As we grow older, spending time with loved ones is more meaningful than ever. If it is difficult for your senior loved one to get out and about, plan your family Father’s Day celebration at their assisted living community.

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