So many of us are thoughtfully wishing each other well, enjoying our shopping, attending various parties and engaged in preparations for the upcoming holidays. We are happy, excited, stressed, and busy, busy, busy! And this is typical for this time of year. There is a lot to do to be “ready,” but how many of us think about the seniors in our lives, whether they are relatives, friends or neighbors who may not be able to get out and about like they used to, or at all?
Sadly, about 1 in 7 individuals over the age of 65 cannot drive. This means that they rely on others to help them, not just in preparing for the holidays, but also throughout the entire year. This can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Those well over 65 face the additional struggle of having lost a spouse, family and friends and this may not feel like the happiest of times of the year for them. Because they know you are busy, they are also likely reluctant to ask you to do anything for them.
As you are going about your holiday preparations and activities, here are a few ideas for brightening the day of the seniors in your life who may be unable to get out on their own.
Keep in mind, too, that winter can feel extremely long for someone who cannot get out on a regular basis, so try to include your seniors and spend time with them throughout the season. You will all have a much warmer winter!