November 1st, 2020
The holiday season is just around the corner and under normal circumstances the holidays can be a time when many seniors can find themselves dealing with feelings of loneliness. As we’ve seen, 2020 has been anything but normal. With social distancing and periods of isolation, many people, especially seniors, are feeling as though they are cut off and separated from loved ones. Even in these times, however, there are ways to show older loved ones you care and are thinking of them during the holidays.
STAY IN TOUCH
If you and your loved one are in good health and are able to spend time together, make visiting with an elder loved one a priority during the busy holiday season. Whether in-person or over the phone, encourage them to tell you what’s on their mind, including any of their concerns. Letting them know how important they are to you and making a point to keep in contact with them can help boost their spirits.
SHARE POSITIVE MEMORIES
Listening to a senior reminisce and share stories from their past is beneficial to the senior and to you as well. Looking back at family photos, slides, or home movies and listening to their favorite holiday music can be a great way to make the holiday season more fulfilling and meaningful for your loved one.
SEND A CARD
Whether you’re able to visit or not, try to remember to send your senior loved one a card or two during the holiday season. At a time in their life when cards from their peers often contain news of failing health or the passing of a mutual acquaintance, getting a card that shares good news and lets them know they are being thought of and loved can brighten their day and their overall outlook.
Fall and Thanksgiving offer a number of decorative options for your senior’s home and of course, December holidays provide an even greater treasure chest of decorating possibilities. If you can decorate the house with your loved one you may find they have stories and heartwarming holiday memories that go along with many of their favorite decorations. But even if you can’t share the same space due to possible health concerns, see if you can find a time when you can decorate their home. What a wonderful surprise for them and a great way to let them know how much they mean to you. NOTE: Just be sure the decorations do not have the potential to pose a fire or safety hazard.
MAKE THEIR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TREAT
For many of us the holiday season immediately brings to mind some of our favorite foods. Cooking or baking some of your senior’s favorite holiday dishes or treats to share with them while you visit is a great way to add a special touch to this time of year.
PHONE, OR BRING A FRIEND FOR A VISIT
Human connection and relationships are vital to all people and seniors need that connection too. Chances are there are people in your loved one’s life or from their past, that they haven’t connected with in quite some time. If possible, arrange a phone call, or even a visit, with one of those special people.
This holiday season be sure to let your senior loved one how much they matter to you and find ways to help them get into the holiday spirit!