Christmas and the holiday season is always an exciting time of year for most people what with the gifts, the meals, the family gatherings and the general feel good vibe that goes around in spades. Sadly though, not everyone enjoys the holiday season for a variety of reasons. Maybe they don’t have family or friends nearby, they’re mourning the loss of a loved one or they generally are a bit shy and don’t want anyone to think they’re a burden. While it is a busy time of year, including ageing relatives and friends in the festivities doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a couple of easy ways to get seniors involved in the holiday season.
Sit down and write a list of seniors you need to think about.
Knowing who you need to include is the first step to including them.
Make a list of ways your seniors can get involved in their family functions or events.
You may wish to discuss this with the senior’s family so you can all make preparations to help them get involved. From setting the table, calling out names on gifts or even handing out plates of Christmas cake, there are a number of ways seniors can feel like a part of the action.
Write your seniors Christmas Cards.
Seniors love to receive mail - even hand delivered mail, so writing a card to give to them sometime over the coming days is a great way to make them know you’re thinking of them.
Consider a last minute art project as a gift.
Seniors value time over money spent. Painting them a picture, even just a small one and giving it to them in a nice frame is a great way to make them know you care.
Give them small jobs according to their ability.
As mentioned, you can give them small jobs according to their ability such as handing out plates of Christmas cake, setting the table, lighting candles and the like.
Recognize the efforts of your senior relatives and friends, no matter how small.