blog4It may be the end of October, but now is the time to start strategizing for an easy holiday season. By planning ahead, you can make sure everything stays holly and jolly and can focus on all you have to be thankful for without any holiday hiccups. Make a to-do list of what you need to get done for each holiday, and plan ahead so that nothing feels rushed or hectic.

Do your research now, for example, on TSA regulations that might affect a flight home to see family, like how to handle an oxygen tank or medical device. Strategizing things like shipping gifts ahead rather than bringing wrapped parcels on the plane to avoid complications. Call in advance to request assistance and let the airline know of any special needs you might have so you can get from gate to gate on time or aren’t surprised in security when they need to scan your walker or cane, for example.

Now is also a great time to reevaluate how your health, age, and activity level is impact your day to day life.  The holidays make it easy to contemplate where you were last year, or the year before, or even decades ago. They are a convenient point of comparison that might help you consider whether it’s time to research retirement homes that could make your daily life easier and more enjoyable. Retirement communities don’t infringe on your independence, but can help you spend your energy on enjoyable hobbies, time in the community, and socializing with family in friends instead of managing cumbersome chores and difficult responsibilities.

This holiday season, the best gift you can give yourself is not only time to prepare for your celebrations with loved ones, but also time to prepare for where you’d like to be in life the same time next year. Give yourself the gift of considering a retirement community and you might find yourself making a wonderful new home in the new year.