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Embracing Timeless Traditions: How Senior Living Communities Make Thanksgiving Special


A Special Time of Year for Seniors and Their Families
Thanksgiving is a time of year that holds a special place in the hearts of many, especially for seniors who have spent decades building and cherishing family traditions. If you are considering the transition to a senior living community, it's natural to worry about maintaining these beloved customs. But you need not worry. Senior living communities strive to create an environment where Thanksgiving traditions can continue to thrive and evolve, ensuring that the holiday remains a special time for residents and their families alike.

Nurturing Beloved Thanksgiving Traditions
Many communities host festive Thanksgiving dinners or luncheons for residents and their families, complete with all the traditional trimmings. These events provide an opportunity for residents to share their cherished holiday with their loved ones, just as they always have, but without the stress of preparation and cleanup. It's not unusual to see multiple generations sharing stories, laughter, and of course, delicious food around tables adorned with gracious Thanksgiving decor.

At The Lafayette, a Redeemer Health senior living community, our culinary staff offers a Thanksgiving luncheon for residents and their families that nurtures the warmth and togetherness that makes Thanksgiving such a popular holiday. 

“The Thanksgiving season is a time for us to come together as a community and nurture a spirit of gratitude and fellowship. Residents look forward to our annual Thanksgiving luncheon, where they can enjoy a delicious meal and share warm conversations with friends and family. We make sure that every resident feels the joy, warmth, and unity that Thanksgiving brings," says Jillian Lockton, Director of Residential Services for Independent Living at The Lafayette.

What’s more, it’s not unusual to find recreational activities that encourage participation and foster a sense of community. For instance, some communities organize Thanksgiving-themed crafts sessions where residents can create their own decorations.

Others might host a "Turkey Trot" or similar fun walks on Thanksgiving morning, promoting both physical health and holiday spirit. Best of all, these activities provide opportunities to socialize and make new friends, while the communal atmosphere helps alleviate feelings of loneliness that can sometimes accompany this time of year.

Bring Your Own Special Customs
Consider how your traditions might be incorporated into a community's celebrations. Don't be afraid to initiate activities that reflect your traditions and invite others to join in. This not only keeps your customs alive but also helps build a sense of community.

Above all, the move to a senior living community provides an excellent opportunity to cherish and preserve Thanksgiving traditions in an environment that fosters support and fellowship. You may even find yourself establishing new holiday rituals that bring added meaning and joy. Rest assured, you can feel confident that senior living communities are places where traditions are not just maintained, but celebrated and nurtured.

About The Lafayette
The Lafayette features stylish Independent Living apartments and all-inclusive services. Our senior living lifestyle frees you from home maintenance and daily chores while allowing you to explore our vibrant array of fitness, recreational, and spiritual life opportunities.

Located in a beautiful park-like setting in Northeast Philadelphia and easily accessible from adjacent Montgomery County, PA, and nearby Bucks County, PA, our warm and welcoming retirement community has been a favorite choice of discerning seniors throughout the Philadelphia, PA, area for more than three decades. Learn more