With all the hustle and bustle the holiday seasons brings it can become overwhelming quickly and we can easily forget about those who may need extra attention during the holiday season. The holidays can be tough for senior citizens who may not be able to attend holiday parties (due to physical limitations) or travel to see their family (health conditions prevent them from flying or driving for long periods). Holidays can also bring back fond and emotional memories of loved ones passed. These memories can make the holidays tough to get through. You may find that some of your senior friends, neighbors or those you work with moods have changed. During the holiday season it is not uncommon for senior citizens to experience the holiday blues.
With the holidays approaching I cannot help but think of the Homebound patrons the Kenton County Public Library Outreach department serves. Some of our patrons have no family or their family members live out of town. So, what can we do to help our patrons, senior neighbors, grandparents and our senior friends through the holidays? Listed below and some tips on how to cheer up senior citizens during the holiday season.
- Sit and chat with them for a while. You might be the only human contact they have throughout the holiday season. Allow them to reminisce about holidays past.
- Holiday cards: Send a holiday card to your neighbor, friend or relative who may be alone for the holiday season. Let them know you are thinking about them and you wish the very best holiday season. I can tell you from experience this can really make their day and they will talk about it for months afterwards.
- Invite them over for a holiday dinner. If you have neighbor or maybe a friend that will be alone at the holidays and you have the room, invite them over for a celebration. This will really help lift their spirts and a happier person is a healthier person. If you can’t do that….
- Make sure they have a holiday dinner delivered to their house. Most counties have a program called “Meals on Wheels”. Also, most local churches provide meals around the holidays. The Kenton County Public Library-Erlanger branch works with the city of Erlanger to sponsor a Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon in November.
- Tell your friend about the Homebound delivery service. They can receive books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and anything else that could be checked out at the library delivered to their home throughout the year. It’s FREE! The Outreach staff also enjoys sitting and chatting a bit.
- Ask if there’s anything you can do to help them during the holiday season. Help them with their holiday shopping, helping them arrange travel plans, etc.
- Ask them over to help bake some holiday treats or bake them some holiday treats and deliver them to your home.
- Invite them over to watch a holiday movie. Watching a great holiday movie can help raise the holiday spirit.
Just remember to remember senior citizens this holiday season. They deserve to have a wonderful holiday season.