If you are planning to have your grandparents over for the holidays, you may want to incorporate activities that accommodate the needs of your senior loved ones. Apart from the busy Central Florida attractions, you may want to include some family activities that promote emotional wellbeing, along with some relaxation time. Include an Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra event on your calendar, or attend one of the performances of The Nutcracker by the Orlando Ballet. Some members of our aging population would benefit by listening to music, or by attending a live musical performance. According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, “…music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, and facilitate cognitive function, and coordinate motor movements.” http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html.  For a relaxing time, take grandparents on a stroll around Cranes Roost Lake, in Altamonte Springs. Daily walking contributes to a healthy brain and a healthy heart.

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

On Saturday, November 30, The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting Home for the Holidays at the Bob Carr Auditorium, in Orlando. The performances will include traditional carols, pop favorites, and the Rosie O'Grady Highlanders Pipes and Drums. An earlier matinee will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 30. An evening event will start at 8:00 pm.

The City of Winter Park will be sponsoring an Orlando Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert at 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2013.  This concert will take place at Winter Park's Central Park. For ticket information, call the Box Office at 407-770-0071, or 407-896-6700. Website is  https://orlandophil.org/.

Orlando Ballet

The Orlando Ballet will be performing one hour* presentations of The Nutcracker (family series) on the following dates and times: Saturday, December 21, at 11:00 am; Saturday, December 21, at 3:00 pm; Monday, December 23, at 11:00 am.

Performance Location: Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

*The family series performances are shorter events, which will be great for both grandchildren and some older adults, too.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 407-426-1739. Their website is http://orlandoballet.org/ .

Strolls and One Mile Walks

Walking around Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs is ideal for families. A one mile path circles Cranes Roost Lake. If anyone gets tired, you will find plenty of seating areas and benches around the path. Don’t forget to take snapshots to share with family and close friends. The address is 274 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. The event hotline is 407- 571-8863.


Senior Helpers of Orlando wishes you and your loved ones a peaceful and memorable family holiday!  If you are in need of an experienced and dependable caregiver to assist and encourage your loved one to participate in healthy daily activities, do not hesitate to call Senior Helpers of Orlando at 407-628-4357.


Ana P De Lane

Team Member of Senior Helpers of Orlando

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