Share the Love: Celebrating Thanksgiving with Elderly Relatives
For many people, the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving, is a joyful time of celebration. For others, the holidays can be bittersweet – or even painful. Seniors, in particular, may feel lonely during the holidays. They may miss friends and family members who are no longer here. They may remember past holiday celebrations when they had the ability to do things they can no longer do now.
Feelings of loneliness can be especially difficult for seniors who live alone. But even seniors who live with a spouse, with family members, in a group setting or in a senior community may feel pangs of loneliness when the holidays roll around.
You can help by including your senior relatives in your Thanksgiving plans. Spread the love, and everyone will reap the benefits. Now that’s a reason to be thankful!
How to Include Your Elderly Loved Ones in Your Thanksgiving Celebration
With a little thought and planning, you can make your elderly relatives feel like they are an essential part of your Thanksgiving celebration. By helping them feel comfortable and welcome, you can banish any holiday blues and create wonderful new memories.
Here are some ideas from the elder abuse lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere:
- Help them feel useful by giving them tasks they can do. Depending on their abilities, they might help with the cooking, set the table, watch the grandkids or help make simple decorations.
- Bring up good memories. Look at family photos, watch your relatives’ favorite movies or old TV shows, take a drive or a walk through areas where they used to live, or sing some of their favorite songs.
- You don’t need to cook a complicated meal. If you keep things simple, you can relax and focus your attention on your elderly loved ones. Take the time to appreciate how good it is to have your relatives here with you now. That feeling of appreciation is the greatest gift you can give to your loved ones!
- If you are unable to get together with your elderly relatives in person, give them a call and let them know you are thinking about them on the holiday. If you have a relative in a nearby nursing home, bring the holiday to them.
All of us at Garcia & Artigliere wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. If you ever need the assistance of a compassionate elder abuse lawyer, we are always just a phone call away at (800) 328-2630.