The holidays are a special time for loved ones to get together. It can also be a great time to connect with and support the seniors and neighbors in your life, especially those who are living alone.
You can connect with your community seniors and neighbors by knocking on their door, taking a trip to the local store together, sharing a meal, or calling them over the phone. Ask them about their day, their health, and if they have plans for the holiday. Reaching out to them shows your willingness to understand and support them. You can also get the little ones involved by having them make holiday cards, art, and holiday gift bags for them.
For seniors living alone, physical limitations or health conditions can make traveling, socializing, cooking, and other household tasks challenging. If you can, offer your support. No effort is too small. Ask if there is anything you can do, whether it’s putting groceries away, changing a light bulb, or walking them to the bus stop. Taking the time to chat and provide emotional support can make what can be an isolating time of the year more joyful.
Do you know of a senior or neighbor living alone? Give them a call and see if you can spend time together. It may just be the best way to spread holiday cheer this season.
Written by Bonnie Tse
Bonnie Tse is a health educator at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Hunter College.