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Tips for visiting your elders this holiday

Holidays matter. They are our lifeline to sanity, a chance to step away from everyday life and reconnect with the people we love; a time to relax, to be the real us, or indeed to be whoever we want to be.


Holidays are also a season for families and friends to enjoy visiting and spending time together and celebrating traditions the generations before us have built. It is a time to cheer with the ones you call when you had a bad day. The ones you can’t wait to share good news with. The ones who taught you how to walk and talk. The ones who have your back no matter what.


Usually, for young people, holidays are a happy time of comfort, however for the elders the holidays can bring about sadness and loneliness. This is because While aging can bring wisdom and experience, they always face inevitable losses, loved ones and friends fall ill and pass away. Energy and mobility levels often decrease, resulting in feelings of lost independence and opportunities.


Elder people may get emotional, thinking about the people in their lives who have passed away or about all the changes they’ve been going through, this is why we encourage you to visit them this holidays. Here are a few tips to enhance their experience with you:


  1. Listen and understand when they want to talk, even if the talk is negative. Your empathy is vital. Try to put yourself into their place.


  1. Remind them how important they are as a part of your own celebration and that of the entire family. They may feel useless and burdensome. Remind them they are loved.


  1. Bring traditional baked goods or treats for your elders.


  1. Remind them that they taught you that it’s people who count, and thank them for that.


  1. Look at holiday photos or videos with them and leave them photos in a handy place so they can walk down memory lane when they are alone.


  1. Remember your time is the most valuable gift you can give your elders during this holiday.


Do what you can to help your aging loved ones feel involved and get into the holiday spirit without stressing yourself beyond your limits. Overall the most important thing is you give them the time they so much need to enjoy the festivities as much as possible.


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