With well wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season all around us, it is easy to assume that everyone will be gathered ‘round the fire, enjoying an abundance of food and gifts, and laughing and talking with the ones we love for the next few days.
But deep down, we probably know that the holidays will not be so bright for everyone.
Some family members are anxiously anticipating their first holiday visit to a senior in assisted living. Some caregivers are apprehensive about relying on relatives to help with a loved one’s personal care needs so the regular home care aide can spend Christmas Day with her family. Others may be surrounding a dear friend or family member in the hospital, or worrying about whether this will be Grandma’s last Christmas at home, or grieving a loss as the pain is sharpened when the family comes together. Many seniors will be alone.
These poignant realities should not diminish the joy of the season for you and yours, nor should they take away from the pleasure of coming home or traveling to see a loved one far away. But wherever you gather, remember the seniors and caregivers in your family or community, and show them extra kindness and compassion during what can be a difficult season.
From all of us at SeniorsforLiving.com, we hope the holidays are as warm and bright as they can possibly be!