The holidays, a time for family, friends and food! It is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year” but for many seniors it’s “the worst” time off the year.
For many seniors, the holidays are not a time of celebration and joy but only serve as reminders of family members that have passed on, the lack of family get-togethers or the inability to take part in the events of the season. The recent death of a son or daughter can be particularly stressful and depressing causing a complete withdrawal from socialization. Winter is also a factor when snow, rain and ice limit transportation to holiday festivities.
The following are a few steps you can take to help family members or other loved ones enjoy the holiday season:
- Spend time with them and be empathetic while listening to their concerns and feelings
- Listen to holiday music with them and share memories and pictures of the “good old days”
- Bring them traditional treats to share with their friends
- Call their friends to see if they can come to a party
- Decorate their homes with festive items appropriate for the season
- Consider giving a small gift or two wrapped in brightly colored paper
Remember that the most valuable gift you can give will be your smile and the time you spend to help a lonely senior enjoy the holidays.
Edward Rofi, CEO