The holidays are one of the best times of year to move into a senior living community. There’s usually a full lineup of activities and social gatherings on the calendar, giving you plenty of chances to jump into the fun, meet your neighbors and make new friends.

If you’re considering moving into an independent or senior living community, here are three reasons the holidays are a great time to make the switch.

1. Instant Community

For many, the holidays can be a lonely time of year. Especially if you live alone and don’t have any friends or family nearby.

Loneliness doesn’t just affect how you feel emotionally. It also affects your physical health. According to the National Council on Aging, feeling isolated from others can be as bad for your health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

Scientists have found that the socialization opportunities provided by senior living communities can add years to one’s life by instilling a sense of purpose and belonging.

During the holidays, most senior and independent living communities offer a bustling schedule of themed parties, programming and events. It’s hard to feel lonely or bored when there’s so much to do — and so many new people to meet and friends to make.

2. Activities for Everyone

Many assisted living and independent living communities in Florida go out of their way to make sure their holiday events are inclusive and open to all. You may find activities like Christmas tree and menorah lightings, non-denominational group dinners, and fellowship gatherings. Some events are only for residents, others are open to residents and their families, and some welcome the entire neighborhood.

Events aren’t just limited to the community’s dining halls and meeting spaces. There are usually holiday-themed shopping and sightseeing excursions, as well as trips to plays, concerts and other local cultural events.

3. Winter in Florida

Florida has some of the best winter weather in the continental United States. While the rest of the country is strapping on their snowshoes, Floridians are usually enjoying sunny and warm weather. Average low temperatures in Miami rarely dip below the mid-60s in the winter, according to

Winter is also one of the driest times of year. In January, the average rainfall is less than 2 inches. That’s barely a fifth of what you see during the peak of the rainy season.

Independent living in Florida offers a full schedule of outdoor recreational activities and planned events during the mild winter months. The full holiday schedule will give you and your family plenty of opportunities to meet and talk to residents. You’re also less likely to feel pressured or singled out by the community’s sales team — everyone’s too busy celebrating the season.

To schedule a tour of one of Sonata Senior Living’s independent living, assisted living or memory care communities this holiday season, contact us today →

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