By Jackie Gray, Executive Director,
Cherish at Central Park
Do you remember when you were a kid or when you had a young family—the excitement of Christmas? The shopping, the presents, the meals, baking goodies, decorating, the laughter and all the fun! The holidays were a time when families gathered together to celebrate.
But, for many seniors, it can be a time of loneliness and despair. Those seniors who are unable to drive or don’t have family or friends to help them or visit them, see a very different version of “holiday cheer.” They have an ever-decreasing circle of friends. Most other people don’t understand their situation or feelings. Seniors often avoid venturing outside in inclement weather for fear of falling. They can begin to feel unwanted, not included, unimportant and unloved.
This is the time of the year when we can each be part of the solution. Take a few minutes out of your day to visit a relative or neighbour who is alone or house-bound. If they are unable to come out for Christmas dinner, pack up a plate for them. Take the kids, grandkids—and even pets along—to make the visit even more memorable.
If you are doing Christmas baking, a small plate of goodies and a short visit to a shut-in can make a huge difference in their life. Help them put up a few decorations. Sending them a Christmas card is always a good idea. I don’t know any senior who doesn’t check the mailbox daily, looking for some old-fashioned correspondence. Little things mean a lot! Take the “spirit of the season” to heart and help an elderly person enjoy another memorable Christmas.
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