It may be cold, but don't let that stop you...
The end of the year is fast approaching, and the holidays are almost here. While the winter season is typically a time of celebration, for seniors living alone, the holidays can be difficult. To spread some cheer to the senior in your life, consider some activities that will put you both in a holiday spirit while fighting away feelings of loneliness. These activities for seniors to combat holiday loneliness are small steps towards a big change.
Build a gingerbread house or decorate cookies
Baking and decorating holiday-themed cookies is a great activity to do around the holiday season. From gingerbread men to Santa hats, breaking out the frosting and sprinkles is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Once the cookies are dry, they can be delivered around to neighbors to spread the holiday cheer even farther.
Holiday craft fair
This time of year, holiday craft fairs are everywhere. Many markets have a wide variety of handmade goods, and they can be a great place to do some holiday shopping. Offer to take the senior in your life, especially if they are no longer able to drive. Walking around a fair together can be a great opportunity to bond while enjoying the season.
Participate in community activities
Many churches and religious organizations have events that coincide with the holiday season. For seniors who practice religion, these activities can be a great place to interact with the community while celebrating their faith. For seniors who aren’t religious, many cities and local organizations will also host holiday-themed events. If you’re not sure what is going on in your area, reaching out to your local senior center is an excellent place to start.
Watch a holiday show
Especially if mobility is a problem, bringing the senior in your life to a seasonal performance can be a great way to include them in the holiday. The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are two shows that many local theatre groups take part in every year. Most communities also have discounted senior pricing. If a show is too expensive for seniors living on a limited budget, invite them over for a movie and hot cocoa night instead. Nothing says Christmas like watching It’s A Wonderful Life in your pajamas by the Christmas tree. If getting out of the house is difficult, watch a holiday show together. Here's a great list of holiday shows and movies.
Remember, communication is key
The worst part of living alone during the holidays is remembering how it felt to be surrounded by loved ones. Whether it is a phone call, a voice chat, or a house visit, it is important to let the senior in your life know you are thinking of them this holiday season. Keeping the lines of communication open is the best way to show your love. Offer to bring over a hot meal, or find other ways to show they are on your mind.
Isolation by nature removes the activity
The holidays can be a stressful time for seniors living alone, but spending time together is the best way to spread the spirit of the season. Activities for seniors to combat holiday isolation can be fun for all. No one wants to be alone for the holidays, so do whatever you can to include the senior in your life in your holiday planning.