Spread Holiday Cheer

Send holiday cheer to a socially isolated senior.
Spread Holiday Cheer

Far too many seniors spend the holidays alone or with limited interaction with loved ones. This week, show them some love by brightening their season with cheer-filled acts.

It may be hard to believe, but nearly a fourth of the senior population in the U.S. – that’s more than 13 million people – is considered socially isolated. And as our global demographic continues to age, this number will only rise without intervention from caring individuals reaching out to create those much-needed connections.

With the season of giving upon us, there’s no better time than now to spread cheer to older adults and give them a holiday season filled with human interaction and warmth. Here are 3 suggestions to get started:

  1. Bake holiday cookies – In the era of COVID-19, it may be more difficult to interact with seniors in their home. Why not bake them (or buy) some assorted goodies and drop them off?
  2. Discuss a favorite film – Miracle on 34th St.? It’s a Wonderful Life? Ask a senior what their holiday favorite is to get a conversation going.
  3. Give a small gift – There’s nothing more heart-warming than opening an unexpected present. Brighten a senior’s season with a purchased gift through Be a Santa to a Senior or other charitable programs.

Let us hear your cheerful suggestions in the comments!