Here’s a guide for how to offer support and compassion to your loved one this holiday season. Many people see the holiday season as a time to be grateful for their blessings over the past year and to show their appreciation for others. But the holidays are also difficult, especially for seniors. This is the time of year to spend quality time with friends and family. But when you’ve experienced loss, illness, or other difficult things, it’s hard to feel gratitude, happiness, or want to celebrate. 

Prioritize Communication

Communication is key, and the events of the last two years have only highlighted the importance of it. Older loved ones can go all day or even multiple days without speaking to anyone. If you can’t make a visit in person, make a point of calling on FaceTime, Skype, or your favorite video calling application regularly at least once per week. Call them right before or on the actual holiday as well to make them feel special.

Spend Time Together

It’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday season. So much emphasis is put on getting gifts and making holiday treats or holiday meals. The most important part of the holiday season is spending time with the people we love and care about. Remind other family members and friends about this and show gratitude for the people in your life, including older loved ones.

Send Cards

Something as simple as a holiday card, birthday card, or a “Thank You” note for another occasion will mean a lot. It’s a way of demonstrating caring and support with a tangible item. Get your family and friends involved by resending cards that all of you receive. The new recipient will write in the card and send it off to the next person until it’s full. This is a creative way to keep loved ones who live in different states or countries connected, and it creates lasting memories.

Facilitate Local Social Activities

Another way to support your older loved ones this holiday season is to set up and encourage them to attend social events put on by local organizations. Check with local religious centers, senior centers, and other organizations to find activities they might enjoy. Ask if they want company for their first outing to minimize anxiety and apprehension.

The holiday season isn’t the only time of year when your loved one needs support in Orange County or Newport Beach, CA. Consider senior home assistance services like a caregiver to help them with errands or to participate in activities with them. The Optimal Senior Care Solutions care team will be happy to assist you. Reach out to us today!

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