19Dec2016

Keep Seniors Connected for the Holidays

The holiday season can bring happiness and cheer, but it can also bring stress, sadness and loneliness.  For seniors, the latter can be especially true if they are separated geographically from friends and family.  Fortunately, there are many ways to combat senior isolation or melancholy.  We’ve compiled some of the best tactics we could find with hopes of brightening the holidays for seniors that may be feeling alone this year.

  • Be a good listener. This is one of the easiest things to do for any seniors in your life.  Seniors that are feeling alone during the holidays appreciate having their memories, thoughts, and feelings validated by a friendly listening ear.

 

  • Create a private family blog. This one may be more time consuming, but it is a great way to chronicle what is going on with various family members – with the added bonus of preserving new memories and keeping senior loved ones involved and in the loop.

  • Consider making new traditions. If a senior loved one is far from family during the holidays, consider breaking from what might be considered traditional celebrations in your family.  Host a virtual holiday party online/over the phone with out of town relatives.  Check out this blog post from theworkathomewoman.com for some great ideas.  Though it is geared toward a virtual office party, there is no reason the ideas can’t be tweaked to work for seniors and their families.

 

  • Send snail mail. Hand written notes and care packages can go a long way towards making seniors feel special during the busy holiday season.  It’s a quick an easy way to make sure they know you’re thinking of them.

 

  • Suggest they connect with others in similar circumstances. Chances are, if there’s a senior in your life that is feeling lonely, there will be others in the same community facing the same situation.  Coordinate a dinner or luncheon for those with family and friends that aren’t local. This can help alleviate feelings of remoteness or withdrawal they may be feeling.

  • Encourage a visit to the app store. There are numerous apps that can make seniors feel engaged during the holidays.  Skype is just the beginning.  There are holiday countdowns, virtual advent calendars, holiday wallpapers, and even apps that allow you to decorate virtual Christmas trees.  You can also encourage family members to go to this website and easily create a video of each other as dancing elves and share them with each other.  It’s a great way to engage family members near and far.

However you choose to spend your holidays, ESCO wishes you the best!

 

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