February is known for Valentine’s Day, the day when many people celebrate hearts and love. But there’s more than one day this month to think about the heart. February is also American Heart Health Month, an excellent opportunity to learn about heart disease and how to live a heart-healthy life.
The holidays are a time to spend with family and loved ones—shopping, decorating, baking treats and cookies. One of the best things about this time of year is partaking in annual holiday traditions. Whether they’re classic, quirky, or sentimental, holiday traditions and rituals allow us to connect with our family and celebrate with a warm feeling of nostalgia.
The holiday season is a time full of joy, celebration, and togetherness. And while we may focus our time on shopping and gifts, it’s also a time of helping others, giving back, and making a difference.
Typically, giving back during the holiday season involves volunteering at soup kitchens, going caroling, or visiting a hospital, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we gather in person. With coronavirus and its variants still a concern for many, we encourage you to get creative when finding ways to give back.
Almost everyone can think back and fondly remember or reminisce about a special birthday. However, in today’s society, as we grow older, birthdays tend to lose their “magic,” and many opt not to celebrate or recognize their birthday at all.
According to Generations United, “Between 2000 and 2016, the number of multigenerational households increased by a remarkable 21.6 million, increasing from 42.4 million in 2000 to 64 million in 2016. Today, 1 in 5 American households are multigenerational.”
The new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself or strive to achieve a better and healthier life. Your resolution can be a drastic lifestyle change, or it can be on a smaller scale, like going for a walk more often. Whatever your goal is, the key is sticking to it and not forgetting why you chose the resolution in the first place.
If your parent or loved one lives in another city or state, whether at home or in a senior living community, the holidays can be a difficult time if you aren’t able to spend them together. While nothing can compete with their physical presence, there are items that can help bridge that gap.
Whether you gathered as a family for Thanksgiving or are planning something big for Christmas, this season is a time for spending quality time with those you care about. Unfortunately, as we get older and form families and meaningful relationships of our own, own a home, and have full-time work commitments, we do not always get to see our parents on a regular basis.