How to be a Santa to a Senior this Christmas

During the festive season it’s easy to get swept away in the excitement and frenzy of all the festivities. But whilst families and friends are celebrating, many elderly people find the holiday season difficult.
There are over 2 million people over 75 living on their own in the UK, and for those who might not have many family members near-by, loneliness can really set in this time of year.
With normal routines out of sync, usual visitors and appointments put off, even the television schedule is unfamiliar, it is important that we remember to take some time to look after our elderly friends and neighbours.

If you know of any older people near you, there are some simple things you can do to bring some cheer to their day.

• Take a moment to think before you dash off to do a shop. At this time of year, what with the crowds and the weather, elderly people can find it tricky to get out. Take their shopping list with you and you’ll have done your good deed for the day.

• If you have space for an elderly person to join your family and friends for a meal, why not invite them over? Older people can be forgetful about food and struggle with appetite. Eating a home-cooked meal amongst friends is a great appetite stimulant.

• Home-baked goodies are always welcome, especially at this time of year. It’s fun for even novice bakers to try making mince pies. Your elderly friend or neighbour would be delighted to receive some baked treats from you – especially if you stop to chat over a cup of tea.

• Find out if there are any get-togethers arranged for older people in your area, and find out if you can take your older friend along. Contact us for the latest copy of our What’s on Where (WOW) Guide to find out what’s happening in your local area. You can also get in touch with your local GP practice or Age UK, who can point you in the right direction.

• Get in touch with Community Christmas. They can help you to host a Christmas get-together in your community on Christmas Day.

• There are usually lots of community concerts at this time of year. Why not go along and take your elderly friend and get into the festive spirit?

• Older people can struggle with dexterity, so why not pop round for a cup of tea and offer to do their Christmas wrapping or help with Christmas cards?

We hope you found these tips useful.

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Bryn Evans