As we enter the week of Christmas, it’s a perfect time to post my annual reminder about our senior friends and family who might be alone this year; especially for the first time. According to Pew Research, more seniors in America over the age of 65 live alone than in any other country. Since the Holidays have a focus on family, friends, and togetherness, this time of year can actually bring melancholy feelings to our elder friends and family. It’s more important now than ever to be supportive of and attentive to our loved ones, but in ways that keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Here are a few tips to help combat loneliness:
- Initiate outreach. Many of our senior friends and family “don’t want to bother anyone” so they don’t. Be the one to pick up the phone and call them or stop by and share a coffee.
- Create new traditions. When my grandfather was in assisted living and his mobility was limited, we rounded up as many kids and grandkids as we could and went and sang Christmas carols in the hallways. We sounded terrible but he and his friends loved it.
- Create a group project. Whether it be a large holiday themed puzzle or a holiday themed art/craft project, set it up so that others have to participate when they visit. This gives more reasons for the grandkids to visit and gives them something fun to do.
Danbury Senior Living takes pride in making sure everyone has the merriest of holidays. Stop in for a tour or give us a call to learn more!