ADVICE FOR THE AGING COMMUNITY Low Tech Solutions to Help Seniors During Pandemic-Limited Holidays By, Howard Seidman-Guest Blogger
ASSISTED LIVING & MEMORY SUPPORT COMMUNITY
The coronavirus pandemic has been challenging for everyone, es- pecially seniors. Fear of COVID-19 and threats like depression and de- mentia can be triggered by isolation and loneliness. Throw in feelings of, loss, or regrets that often accom- pany holidays, and interruptions of beloved holiday traditions, and you have a tale of caution. You can still raise the spirits of older relatives and friends despite limitations. Here are a few easy, low-tech solutions. Call, Call, Call
Call your parents (and all seniors) regularly. Conversations don’t have to be about holidays or health concerns. Remind themof their achievements and have your children speak. During conversations, listen closely; empathy can help se- niors process things, be it new challenges, mourning, or just feeling down. Re- mind them they’re loved and celebrated more than food or get-togethers. Write, Write, Write Send paper-based holiday cards (homemade ones are even better). Ask family members and friends to send cards, photographs, or drawings to help keep sea- sonal mail positive. Encourage those who receive the cards to write back and send pictures and stories of their own. Holiday Decorations and Hobbies If you have a tradition of decorating ornaments, menorahs or Kwanza kinaras, send them supplies to create their own. You/your kids can make them too and the results can be shared via photos or albums. Food If your senior usually makes holiday cookies or traditional dishes for others, do it for them. Drop them off at their doorstep. If they’ve participated in cookie exchanges, participate on their behalf and bring back some from others. Bake cookies for their mail carriers – they’re a lifeline! Your senior may not be with you at this year’s holiday meal, but drop off a plate or two and add dessert.
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The Day of the Holiday Work with your seniors in ad- vance to decide what they’d like to eat and to whom they’d like to talk to. Help them structure ac- tivities for the day like watching favorite movies, looking at old family photos, or doing crafts, puzzles or games.
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