It’s becoming the most wonderful time of the year with holiday festivities and gatherings everywhere you turn. Whether you make your lists and check them twice, shop until you drop or cram your calendar with parties, it is so easy to have a constant to-go attitude. Yet, there are many elder adults experiencing loneliness for a variety of reasons. Just because you or someone you know is alone doesn’t mean loneliness has to live with you.
Even for elder adults in senior or retirement villages, the time after the holidays when family and friends leave can be isolating. There are ways to help alleviate the seclusion felt. It’s wonderful when loved ones visit with seniors during the holidays but once the visits are over, the darkness can creep back and sometimes be worse. There are over six million seniors in the country experiencing depression but by identifying the symptoms happiness can remedy the sadness.
Be A Santa
Did you know it’s possible to adopt a senior? That’s right; Be a Santa to a Senior is a program pairing seniors in assisted living facilities with caring adults who wish to simple be a friend. Click the link to learn more or simply check out your local senior village and learn how you can help out. Oftentimes, retirement villages, assisted living places or nursing homes are thrilled to welcome volunteers to spend time with them.
Send Holiday Cards
Get creative and send a picture of yourself, your family or your pets. If you have kids, have them draw a picture. The sweet though will go right to the heart!
Send Monetary Gifts
No matter how you choose to spread the cheer, know that your actions are appreciated beyond words this holiday season!