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:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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!