Posted on: November 14, 2018
The holidays are typically a time when families come together and celebrate. Sometimes, families are spread all across the country and it is challenging to bring everyone together. Seniors especially, have a difficult time during the holidays and often feel lonely when family is not close by. Here are the top 3 ways to reduce senior loneliness during the holidays.
1. Phone Calls
Not being able to physically see family throughout the year can be difficult and even more so during the holidays. Making frequent phone calls to your loved one can help them feel special and loved. It only takes a couple of minutes to have a meaningful conversation that may put a smile on their face.
2. Holiday Cards
Send cards for every holiday. This is a quick and simple gesture that will let your loved one know you were thinking of them. Time saver tip: purchase cards for the entire year. Addressing the cards and putting postage on them in advance will save you time. Just write a personalized message and put it in the mail.
3. Encourage Activity
During phone calls with your loved one, encourage them to stay active. Going on walks with friends, joining a club, or attending events throughout the community are all great ways to encourage your loved one to stay active and have them feeling like they are a part of a group.
It can be difficult to visit a loved one during the holidays when you are in different parts of the country. Work, finances and kids can limit your ability to travel, especially during the holidays. A visit from the family is the greatest way to reduce senior loneliness during the holidays. If work and finances allow it, even a quick weekend trip to visit a loved one can make their holiday season a little brighter.