New Year's is one of the most universal holidays in the world. Regardless of age or background, everyone across the globe comes together to ring in the beginning of a new calendar year. Seniors at your retirement community may want to get in on the festivities as well - even those who are older or may otherwise have difficulty staying up until midnight. Here are a few senior-friendly ways to ring in the Auld Lang Syne this New Year's Eve.
Have a New Year's dinner
Few things say "celebration" like a special dinner feast, so make the most of the end of the year and host a community-wide New Year's dinner. For an even further tie-in, the menu can incorporate some of the lifestyle choices many seniors may be making as part of their New Year's resolutions. For example, provide a healthy variety of leafy greens, omega-3-rich foods such as fish and nuts, and vitamin-rich fruits and poultry. Not only is it festive, but it will help the community residents kick off the new year on the right foot. Don't forget to serve sparkling cider instead of champagne, as seniors may be more susceptible to the effects of alcohol, a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism noted.
Speaking of resolutions, they can be an important part of your New Year's festivities. The tradition of making promises to oneself to change certain life situations is nearly ubiquitous. Everybody will have at least a couple of things they'll want to improve on in the coming year. Of course, New Year's resolutions can be notoriously difficult to keep, so the addition of a community aspect may offer the support residents need to stick to their guns. Sharing resolutions can turn into a celebration of the excitement of good things to come. Everybody can write his or her resolutions on a card or decorated piece of paper, and you can add them to a large wall mural to showcase the seniors' commitments to bettering themselves.
Keep it early
Everyone knows that the big pull of a New Year's celebration is waiting for the clock to tick over to midnight on Dec. 31. Staying awake to literally ring in the new year is a tradition around the globe, and some places even host city-wide parties where people gather in public to celebrate together. Of course, some seniors may have difficulty making it through to midnight. But don't fret - you can ring in the new year at a more appropriate time. If you still want to preserve that 12:00 magic, host your party around noon instead - after all, it's 12:00 somewhere in the world.
Source: Sunrise Senior Living