The holidays give us a time to come together as families and share news and memories with distant loved ones we don’t get to see often enough.
Sometimes, however, we can’t visit our senior loved ones as we would like and they have to spend holidays alone, or at least without family around.
We have some ideas for family members and other caregivers to bring some life, joy and reminiscing to your senior loved one this holiday season. We hope you’ll like them — because that special senior in your life is sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Ways to Brighten the Holiday
1 Send a greeting card to your elder loved one today and everyday through New Year’s. Each day the card could be either a greeting card for the holidays, a wish we were there card, thanks for being there for me card, a handwritten note, a funny card, a card your child drew, a postcard or any type of card you think he would like to receive.
2 In your card include a family photo, a comic strip cut from the newspaper, a bookmark, a hand cut snowflake or anything handmade she would enjoy.
3 Send a box of homemade cookies, candy or some other treat like sugared nuts — choose a favorite of theirs. Include a note that says something like “I remember when I was a child and we made these cookies together. I miss you but wanted to share this special memory with you. Enjoy every bite! Will see you soon…”
4 Send an object that brings to mind a special fragrance such as cinnamon, oranges and cloves or evergreen. It could be a sprig from a tree, an actual spiced orange, a sachet, a room freshener or a seasoned tea. Include a card that says something like this…”When I was growing up, my favorite holiday memory was cutting down our tree in the woods with you and dad. I thought this sprig would remind you of our holidays. We look forward to seeing you soon.”
5 Send a small live evergreen tree that your senior loved one can put on a table, a seasonal flower arrangement, a poinsettia or a fresh wreath to enjoy the season. Oftentimes if older people are spending the holidays alone, they will not decorate, so a special delivery like this will surely bring sparkle to their season.
6 Send a box to celebrate New Year’s including a party hat, noisemaker and paper popper!
7 Send a holiday music CD or holiday video that they would enjoy.
8 Call them and remind them that they are not alone and you are thinking of them!
We wish you, your senior loved ones and your entire family a wonderful holiday season!