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5 Ways Seniors Can Get the Most Out of the Holidays

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5 Ways Seniors Can Get the Most Out of the Holidays

We're deep into the holiday season, and we know that while seasonal festivities can be a lot of fun, they can also be exhausting to people of all ages. Balancing enjoyment of the season with your own mental and physical health isn't always easy, which is why we've offered a few tips below for getting the most out of the holidays while also planning for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation for yourself.

1. Engage in a Christmas Devotional Series

For people of faith, the entire reason for the season is Jesus. But when you're caught up in holiday invites, wrapping paper and a seemingly nonstop parade of food, it can be easy to put the real message of Christmas on the back burner. One way to rewrap the season with more emphasis on the birth of Christ — and ensure you get some relaxation and downtime — is to schedule time every day to engage with a Christmas devotional series.

Buy a seasonal devotional from an author you like or use a computer or smartphone to access free online devotionals.

Crosswalk.com publishes daily Christmas and Advent devotionals during December.

Simple Devotions has a list of holiday devos you can choose from.

Bible Gateway offers a number of online devotionals, including a reading plan called Carols: A Christmas Devotional.

2. Clear Your Schedule of Mundane Obligations

Instead of overloading your schedule in the weeks around Christmas and New Year's, clear mundane obligations so you can concentrate on festivities while saving some time for yourself. Consider talking to people involved in daily activities, such as clubs or social events, about canceling regular meetings during the most hectic holiday times. You might also avoid scheduling appointments during those weeks that can be scheduled or rescheduled at other times.

3. Attend as Many Free Community Events as You Can Enjoy

If you love holiday celebrations, make the most of free events offered throughout the community. The Grand Villa assisted living community in Grand Junction offers a number of activities for residents, and you can also find free or low cost events throughout the town. Some options include local lighting ceremonies, church choir events and children's plays.

4. Connect With Family and Friends

Often, the actual connections with family and friends get buried beneath seasonal trappings of merriment. Parties, gift exchanges and even large feasts can put everyone to work without leaving the energy and time for enjoyable conversation and fellowship. If you're feeling overwhelmed or just want to connect with a certain person this season, consider suggesting a less complicated meet up. Invite them to dine with you at the assisted living community, meet them for coffee or enjoy an evening drive together to chat and view Christmas light displays.

5. Add Some Seasonal Decor to Your Assisted Living Apartment

Your surroundings can impact your overall thoughts and mood. Help boost your seasonal spirits by decorating your apartment for the holidays. Trees are traditional, but they aren't obligatory. You might opt to keep things simple by switching out your towels, adding a Christmas pillow to the sofa and displaying Christmas cards on a wall. When it comes to holiday decor, you're in control of how big you want to get. Just remember to follow good safety practices, keeping walkways uncluttered and cords out of the way.