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Celebrating Independence Day with Independent Living Seniors

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Independence DayThere are few greater causes for celebration than the birthday of our beautiful country. The 4th of July is one of the only holidays unique to the U.S. and is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, including our elderly loved ones in Independent Living. Although some aspects of traditional Independence Day celebrations may be difficult for some older adults living in retirement communities, with some planning, flexibility, and a few slight modifications, it is possible to have a perfectly patriotic 4th of July the entire family can enjoy and remember for years to come.

Senior-Friendly Menu Modifications

Food is an integral part of every celebration, and the Fourth of July is certainly no exception! From burgers to hot dogs, potato salad, chili, and popsicles, there are many staples that are commonly enjoyed during this holiday. However, as many seniors have certain dietary restrictions, it may be necessary to make modifications to the menu to accommodate their needs. Consider including healthy options, such as a cool fruit salad, fresh vegetable platter, and veggie burgers, and swap out ingredients in your favorite recipes for healthier options. Greek yogurt, for example, makes a wonderful substitute for mayonnaise!

By making these slight adjustments, you’re not only being considerate of your senior loved one’s health concerns, you’re also preparing a healthier meal for the entire family.

Come Prepared for Outdoor Activities

If there’s one thing you can count on to be present every Independence Day, it’s the heat. While many seniors residing in independent and assisted living communities still enjoy time outdoors, it’s important to make sure to come prepared for those high summer temperatures – both for their wellness and comfort. A few items to pack with you are:


  • A light jacket or blanket to keep them warm inside air-conditioned facilities,
  • A portable chair with enough cushioning to support their back,
  • A favorite beverage to encourage them to drink and stay hydrated, or
  • A mini, handheld fan for those in particularly warm areas – our Houston retirement community residents will appreciate this!


In addition to the supplies above, be sure to limit direct sun exposure by finding a nice shady area where you can settle in. Also, take regular bathroom breaks to reduce the risk of an accident. For older family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia, limit the size of the group to keep them calm and prevent them from feeling any agitation, anxiety, or anger.

Bring the Party to Your Loved One’s Senior Living Facility

While most Independence Day activities traditionally take place outdoors, many older adults are no longer able to leave home anymore. A good way to be sure that they are not missing out on the family activities is to bring the celebration to them.

Enjoy group activities such as a backyard barbeque at their community, which allows them to enjoy the fun while preventing them from getting tired or overstimulated. You can also have a patriotic sing-along using a karaoke soundtrack of songs like America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, and of course – the National Anthem. Independence Day is all about the fireworks, and you can easily find a televised fireworks show to ooh and ahh at together. No matter what indoor activities you plan to do together, encourage everyone to break out their red, white, and blue clothing and decorations to create a festive and patriotic setting!

America is for Everyone, Including Our Independent Living Friends and Family

Whether they’re in a retirement community, assisted living facility, or living with you at home, it’s possible to share our nation’s birthday with the seniors we love. By making slight adjustments where necessary, planning in advance, and making their comfort and health top priority, you can make this Independence Day your family’s best one yet! If you have questions about activities occurring at Holly Hall this season, contact us today to find out about our services and community.

7 Independent Living Father’s Day Gifts and Activities

Posted on: June 5th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Father's DayFather’s Day is just around the bend and it is time to start thinking about how to thank Dad for just being himself. If your father is in independent living, you may think that the options for fun are limited. However, you’d be very wrong. Here are 7 Father’s Day ideas that you can implement to make this year’s Father’s Day count!

1. Visit a Local Museum or Other Historic Sightseeing Spot

Many dads love history and enjoy taking in as much information as possible. Sure, you could get him a book with historical facts in it but think about taking the gift a step further with a special outing. Take him to a local historical museum or another landmark that will bring up some topical conversation you can both enjoy.

2. Take Dad to a Baseball Game

Sports is always a fun pastime. With baseball season in full-swing, take Dad out for a day at the ballpark. Enjoy a hotdog and soda while also ensuring that both of you play it safe in the sun.

3. Treat Your Dad to a Spa Day

Even dads love a good spa day. Schedule a massage for him this year and help him relieve any tension that you may have inadvertently caused over the years.

4. Drive Him to a Friend’s House for a Game Day

When parents live in an independent living community, sometimes it may be difficult for them to just get out to meet with their old friends. Surprise Dad this Father’s Day and schedule a game day or barbecue at an old friend’s or your house. Pick him up and be his personal chauffeur of fun for the day. Having the chance to catch up with old friends over a game of Poker is sure to put a smile on his face.

5. Watch an Old Favorite Movie Together

For an easy day in, turn on some Netflix or rent an old favorite. Make sure it’s one that he has already seen so that you can enjoy the inevitable yet funny dad jokes or insightful commentary that will surely come during the viewing.

6. Get Him Connected with Audiobooks

Your dad most likely has a smart device that allows him to use applications. Surprise him this year by paying for a subscription to Audible and grabbing him a few audiobooks and headphones. This is truly the gift that gives all year, especially with the monthly credit that comes with the affordable subscription.

7. Enjoy Nature Together

After you have enjoyed the day, take the time to wind it down as the sun sets. Take a walk around a local park with Dad and just talk about life, the fun times in the past, and how much he is appreciated.

Plan A Fun-Filled Father’s Day with Your Visit to Holly Hall

If your parents are thinking about moving into an independent living community, get in touch with Holly Hall Retirement Community today. Our staff will be happy to schedule a visit or answer any of the questions that you or your family may have.