As the holiday season begins, we're reminded that many seniors may feel lonely during this time of year.
According the report, A Profile of Social Isolation in Canada, by the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University, 30% of Canadian seniors are at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Furthermore, as reported by the International Federation on Ageing, "The number one emerging issue facing seniors in Canada is keeping older people socially connected and active."
Feelings of isolation and sadness can become more pronounced around the holidays given the emphasis on celebrating with friends and family.
It's important to be supportive of and attentive to our elderly population and including those closest to you. Use these ideas to brighten up a lonely senior’s holiday season!
There's nothing like an in-person visit from family, but if you are unable to visit your elderly loved ones this holiday season, a call or a video chat is a great alternative. Help brighten their day by ensuring they know how much they're loved and missed. It's also a
Send Gifts and Cards
Make sure the loved ones in your life feel the holiday spirit this year. Let them know how much they're appreciated and loved by sending holiday gifts and including them in your holiday card list.
Cards are a great way for seniors to get up-to-date on family and friends’ lives plus will lift their spirits and bring a smile to their face!
Visit Your Senior Loved Ones - Safely
If able to do so safely and with all the precautions adhered to, use this season to visit loved ones in your life. After a hard year of isolation for the older population, seeing them during this time of year would be one of the best presents once can receive. One that makes a difference.
If your loved one needs exceptional in-home care for any of their needs, our Senior Helpers team is readily available to provide services and assistance safely and compassionately.
Learn more about our specialized care services and find the closest Senior Helpers location to you by visiting our Locations page!