December can often be a lonely time of the year for many and in particular the elderly. New information from Age UK suggests that nearly a million older people feel lonelier at this time of year. Most of the magic in Christmas is the preparation and family gatherings. Therefore, here's a few ideas on how you can keep Christmas a happy time for the older generation.
Christmas cards are an easy and cheap way of letting someone know you are thinking about them. So, if you know of an elderly person or people in your area, sending a Christmas card their way with your house number on it, or your family name if you know each other, is a very easy & simple thing that would mean a lot to somebody who is on their own this Christmas.
Local Christmas Events
Keep an eye out for events that are taking place nearby. Taking an elderly family member or friend along with you to see the Christmas lights turn on in town, or to see the local choir in the church can mean a lot to them and requires very little from you.
Helping with Christmas shopping
If you have a family member who needs to go Christmas shopping, going along with them could make it much more enjoyable and easy for them. If they need a hand carrying things, or if they even just could use the company. Also, if you are popping to the supermarket, asking elderly neighbours if they want a pint of milk or a loaf of bread could be so helpful to them.
If you are friends with an elderly neighbour or have a nearby elderly family member. You could invite them to come and eat a meal with you at your house.