Thanksgiving is a holiday designed to bring family and friends together. Distance, work, and home commitments can make the holiday seem frenetic. When a loved one is a resident at a senior living community, it may also be challenging to participate in all the traditions around the holiday. However, there are numerous things family members can do to get the most out of Thanksgiving, even though they may be part of a senior living community.
Thanksgiving in Senior Living
More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving involves family traditions and creating and sharing a meal with as many loved ones as possible. At Northfield, our dining services understand the importance of these cooking traditions. Therefore, we make it a point to turn our community meals into social experiences where residents can share their recipes and creations with their neighbors. We encourage families to come together for a holiday in our community. We can assist residents in shopping and prepping for their visitors to make Thanksgiving a joyous event.
Our dietitians make sure all meals meet the needs of individual residents while still letting them indulge. We can help families enjoy their Thanksgiving foods while still staying healthy, from creating low sodium and heart-healthy dishes to diabetes-friendly desserts. While preparing for the Thanksgiving meal is often the most significant tradition families engage in, there is room to make new traditions too. We offer many different activities for residents and their families to participate in to help give our community the holiday feel. Watching the many holiday parades like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, National Dog Show, or the numerous college and professional sporting events together is an excellent way to stay close with family and friends. During this time, why not share memories. Thanksgiving is an excellent time to pass down traditions and to let younger generations know their family history through stories, games, and activities.
Activities with Family
Whether in senior living or not, Thanksgiving is about making a connection between the past and the present. Perhaps the best way to do this is through simply family activities. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a single-day event. Sometimes it makes sense to have several activities leading up to the big day. For instance, crafting alongside family in senior living to decorate and prepare their home can be a great way for adults and children to spend time together. Making decorations, centerpieces, or Fall arrangements like wreaths or garlands is very festive and engaging.
As the Thanksgiving meal is the focal point of the holiday, why not swap recipes with friends and loved ones to try something new. Similarly, passing a recipe down through generations means taking the time to walk others through the process. This is an easy way for generations to stay connected.
Thanksgiving with Northfield
The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with friends and family. Thanksgiving is a holiday beloved by millions for its food and camaraderie. When you make the transition to senior living, your celebrations may change slightly, but the spirit of the holiday remains. You now have the opportunity to start new traditions and carry on old ones. Our community is designed to meet the needs of all residents. We offer numerous services to accommodate the needs of our community members such as:
- Transportation services
- Health and wellness
- Dining services
The Northfield senior living community is dedicated to ensuring all residents get the most out of their holiday celebrations. Thanksgiving is a major event that we love to have residents and their families share with us. Learn more today by contacting us at 844.334.1490. You can discover more about our community and the activities we have planned.