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Fun Holiday Activities for Senior Adults and Family

Happy senior couple enjoying the holidays


Holiday Activitiy Ideas for Seniors and Family

Everyone other than the Grinch looks forward to celebrating the holidays. But younger and older family members may have different ideas of what constitutes fun. To help you find common ground and make this holiday season the most wonderful time of the year, here are some activities the whole family can enjoy.

See the lights: ’Tis the season when neighbors switch on their holiday lights, perhaps upping their game with a new inflatable or projection display. Why not go for a drive and enjoy the sights? In our area, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk is transformed into a spectacular “merry mile” that you can drive through.

Bake cookies: You know the holidays have arrived when the smell of gingerbread and the sight of fresh-baked sugar cookies greet your senses. So put on your apron and get the whole family involved mixing, rolling, icing, sprinkling and taste testing. If your family has a favorite holiday recipe, be sure to make enough for everyone. If you’re looking for something new, try Atlantic Shores Pistachio Cranberry Bark. It’s almost too good to give away.

Deck the halls: String up the lights, put out the greenery, set up the tree, and get into the spirit of the season. You might be surprised what a difference it makes. At our Virginia Beach retirement community, we love decorating for the holidays. It lifts everyone’s mood and makes our residents feel especially happy. Of course, they enjoy a lifestyle designed to support their happiness and health all year long.

Attend a live performance: Many holiday choirs, musicals and shows are back on stage this year. There are classic stage productions such as “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” symphony orchestras performing holiday favorites, and choruses spreading holiday cheer. In Virginia Beach, we’re fortunate to have The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts nearby with a full slate of special holiday events. In Norfolk, VA, just 20 minutes’ drive from Atlantic Shores, venues including the Wells Theatre and Harrison Opera House also feature holiday productions. Check your local listings to see what’s happening in your area.

Watch a classic Christmas movie: For many families, snuggling up to watch a holiday classic on TV is a cherished tradition. From classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story” to “Home Alone” and “Love Actually,” a movie night is a relaxing way to spend time with your senior loved ones. Put on your pajamas, pop some popcorn, and enjoy your screen time together. For residents of our retirement community, activities such as movie matinees every Tuesday and Thursday evening make life more enjoyable.

Break out the board games: A game night with the family is a great way to bond. There are classic board games you likely have stored away in a closet, plus hundreds of new board games available that’ll test your skills. You could also do a jigsaw puzzle together or play charades — all you’ll need is pen and paper to write down phrases and keep score. At Atlantic Shores, residents love getting together to play card and board games, including bridge, poker and mahjong, to name a few.

Brighten the holidays for families in need:  Toy drives, coat drives, food banks and other charities are busy this time of year serving those in need. You could collect toys for children, buy groceries for neighbors in need, or donate warm clothes for a family that can’t afford them. Check with local nonprofits, places of worship, or VolunteerMatch to find ways to give. After all, it’s the season of giving.

Happy holidays from our family to yours.

We love celebrating the holidays at Atlantic Shores senior living community in Virginia Beach and wish you and your family our very best for a joyous holiday and happy New Year. To learn more about how we can make every day feel like a holiday, contact us. We’re always happy to answer your senior living questions.