Seniors Entertain With Light-Hearted Nativity Play at Assisted Living Center

From the first moments of Wednesday's rehearsal, it was clear the Nativity scene at the the Assisted Living Center was not going to be your typical Christmas program.


"I didn't know that Mary was older than Joseph," he said.

He said he was not troubled by the fact that he had no lines.

"I looked in the Bible, and in Luke and Matthew, Joseph doesn't say anything."

The short program – more a tableau than a play – was written by Missy Buchanan, a local author and speaker who specializes in spirituality for seniors.

She said she first heard of a similar program in Pennsylvania and adopted the idea as a way of engaging older people in the holiday season.

"A lot of them struggle for purpose this time of year," she said. "Their friends or families are busy sometimes and they don't get a chance to participate."

The decidedly low production values are no accident.

"I wanted to keep it in the comfort zone for older adults," she said. "I don't want to put them in a position where they feel like they're on parade." For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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