Holding a senior citizen prom is a great way for people to have fun, relive fond memories, and make new friends. There are some important guidelines to follow when planning a prom for older adults. Here are 6 great tips to keep in mind to ensure that everyone has a great time at the event.
Having the right location to hold a senior citizen prom will be critical to its success. It is important that any venue being considered is appropriate for people with varying levels of mobility. Be sure that a location is ADA (Americans with Disability Act) compliant with wheelchair access, elevators, and bathroom facilities that seniors can easily use.
It is also critical that the senior citizen prom venue be well lit, to prevent anyone from falling or getting injured.
Some seniors cannot drive long distances, especially at night. Scheduling a senior citizen prom in the late afternoon or early evening will be a great way to maximize the event’s turnout.
For attendees who no longer drive, see if a shuttle van can be arranged from a central location, such as a nearby church or another convenient area to take prom goers to the event.
Picking the Right Music
Everyone knows that proms are all about the music! Get a feel for the age range of the attendees, and select music from various generations. Create a playlist that alternates between different eras, and include both fast and slow songs.
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Plan a Variety of Activities
It is probable that not every senior attending the prom will be able to dance, so be sure to have a variety of other activities to do close to the dance floor, such as board and table games, trivia contests, or other fun group events. This will ensure that everyone will have a good time and be able to mingle with others.
Serving Healthful Food & Beverages
When picking your menu for the prom, avoid junk food or other items that have little to no nutritional value. There is nothing wrong with a few sweets, but be sure to have other choices available that are more on the healthier side. Small snacks such as finger sandwiches, fruit, and vegetables are always great options.
Help People Socialize
One of the most beneficial aspects of a senior citizen prom is that it gives people the opportunity to socialize and make new friends. Appoint people from the prom committee to act as greeters, so they can introduce attendees to each other. This is a great way to get conversations started and get people interacting with one another.
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Senior citizen proms are a great way for older people to get together and have fun. The friendly and compassionate staff at Frontier has helped many seniors find the perfect Senior Living community to call home. We provide our residents many opportunities to get to know one another and participate in group events.
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