Senior citizens are not too old to enjoy themselves, especially if the right activities are chosen for a party. Great senior party activities keep seniors engaged, ignite their imaginations, and let them rest. Here’s what to consider when planning a party for seniors.
Give it a purpose Senior citizens are in their golden years, and they’ve earned their rest. They’ve also earned the right to strong opinions, and sometimes have very strong ideas about what they will and will not do. When planning a party for senior citizens, don’t assume you know what is best for your guests. Plan the party with a purpose, give them a reason to be interested, but leave the joining in activities to the participants. Some good activities that bring a sense of purpose to a party involve charity. You can plan a party around knitting, sewing, quilting, or crocheting for charity. Lilybug is a charity that makes blankets and caps for babies in the neonatal intensive care units of hospitals. Operation Caregiver is a knitting charity that creates warm handknits for hardworking men and women in service. Having a clear purpose when at a party allows guests to relax into the experience.
Ignite their imaginations One of the best things about growing older is being able to lay down the mantel of hard work and eventually return to a sense of childlike play. Believe it or not, seniors often like to engage in art, crafts, and imaginative play. Engage this sense of imagination with activities like calligraphy lessons, watercolor painting, or crochet. Hire a magician, musician, or storyteller, and then let the guests have the floor while they tell their own stories. Decorate the party with lots of color or with sweeping themes to create a wonderland for your guests to lose themselves in.
Let them rest Great party activities, like dancing, get guests moving. Choose music from every era of their lifetime, and get their memories moving along with their bodies. At a party for senior citizens, it is important to have adequate rest, as well. Plan a high tea with finger sandwiches, ladyfingers, tea, and petit-fours. Arrange furniture in conversation circles near tables laden with refreshments. Host a film noir movie night where guests can attend as their favorite old film stars, but can also feel free to put their feet up or doze when the movie runs too long.
Cater to seniors’ imagination, sense of play, and desire to be a part of the world. Make the party mean something. Give the party a theme and a purpose. Then let your guests be your guides. If they want to spend the entire party standing by the refreshments and reminiscing over the last time they encountered croissants as fluffy as these, but they don’t have any interest in the ceramics lesson you’ve got planned, float with it. Let the party go where it will. Being a good host is about letting the party become a success in spite of you, not because of you.
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Once upon a time, senior citizens were old people. They were assumed to be suffering from ill health and in need of care. They sold their homes so they could move in with children or move to a care facility. Not any more.
Now senior citizens exhibit the same variety of health and fitness as people much younger. In fact, those who have actively taken care of themselves are probably more fit than those in their teens and 20’s who shun exercise and live on junk food.
So, assume nothing, because senior citizens come in many varieties, with many different goals.
Many choose to remain in their homes, while others want a change of scenery. But even those want to sell have different reasons.
Some want to get away from excessive maintenance chores. They’ll choose a smaller home with a smaller yard – or perhaps a condo. They may be in failing health, but don’t assume so. They may just want to pursue hobbies or take up volunteer work or be free to travel. Many have something they want to do that they couldn’t do before, and they don’t want to be tied down by a high maintenance home.
Others want to find a new home with a large yard, or even acreage, so they can take up gardening or buy a horse or raise dogs.
Some just want to get away! They’ll sell the old homestead and move into a motor home so they can see the places they’ve been dreaming about for all those years when they were tied to work.
Some want to move to a more temperate climate – they’re tired of the cold and snow and want to get outdoors and play all year. Some have always dreamed of living on a lake or in the mountains or on the desert. Some wanted to get away to a small town with a slower pace – or to move to a city with opera houses and art galleries and the theater. But until now, they were stuck because they were afraid to move away from their work. Now they can go where they want.
Of course, there still are those seniors who are selling because they do need to move in with the kids or to an assisted living facility.
Your job as an agent is to not assume anything. If you want to sort your lists, set up a capture on your website with information about downsizing to a smaller home, and a separate capture with information about transitioning to assisted living. You could even have different pages on your site – just like you might have different pages and different information for first time buyers and move-up buyers.
When you get a call to list a home for a senior citizen, go with no pre-set ideas. Wait and talk to the homeowner before you try to anticipate just what kind of assistance they need. Otherwise, you’ll risk alienating a new client before you get a chance to show your stuff!
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