Senior living is a term that makes many middle-aged people cringe. The thought of living in one of these centers is not a good one for many.
Many times when people become a certain age, they start to believe they can no longer have fun and enjoy life. This notion, however, is far from the truth. Residing in a senior living community can provide a safe as well as enjoyable environment. Activities don’t have to be limited just to bingo night and holiday dinners. There are other unique functions that can make the experience worthwhile.
Once people have become adults, one thing many of them dream about is reliving their high school years. Although this is not actually possible, it can come true to some extent. A high school dance for seniors would be a great place to start. Music could be played from the 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s. Each attendee would be encouraged to dress up in an outfit from the decade they graduated such as poodle skirts or letterman jackets.
Although some may not be able to move and dance like they used too, the atmosphere alone would create a haven for the sharing of great memories from their former years. Family members and friends could also be invited to join in on the fun.
Bus tours would also be a great senior living activity option. Participants would load a comfortable bus and take a ride around the city as a tour guide provides them with unique historical facts about the place in which they reside. Even if the town isn’t very large, there is still some history to be shared. They could learn about when and how the community was started as well as key information about the founders.
The tour would give them an opportunity to learn, travel and be out and about in a comfortable setting, without having to be very mobile. When they arrive back to the center, there could be a competition to see who was paying the most attention and the winner would receive a nice prize.
Another idea that could enhance the senior living experience would be an oldies movie night. The seniors would write a list of their top five favorite movies of all time. The top two movies that were requested the most would be viewed. If the center doesn’t have a big screen or a large television, a projector could also be used. Popcorn and other requested food items could also be provided.
Karaoke night is another fun idea. Participants could either go solo or get together in teams and perform one of their favorite songs. They could even dress up if they choose. The night doesn’t have to just be for the seniors. People in the community could also come in to watch for a small fee. The money would be used to go towards other activities at the center.
Senior living doesn’t have to be boring. It can be a great way to live your latter years with all of the wisdom and experiences you’ve gained over time in a fun, creative, inexpensive and enjoyable way.