During the holiday season we often search for creative ways to enrich one anothers’ lives. This year we’ve compiled a list of meaningful ways to spread the joy of the holiday season to older adults who may be isolated or lonely.
Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross Community Health Needs Program lets you choose from a variety of gifts to donate to older adults. Donors can choose from areas of need such as a Red Cross social visit ($15), crutches ($20), one week of transport services ($50), five days of hot meal delivery ($75), grocery delivery for a week ($85) or a walker ($100). You can make either a personal donation or on behalf of an organization.
Enjoy the company of an older adult by treating them to a play this holiday season. Check the Theatre Canada website to find a theatre near you. According to a study conducted by Hill Strategies entitled The Arts and Individual Well-Being in Canada, Canadians who attended a play in the last year, “Are much more likely to report that they have very good or excellent mental health”.
Alzheimer Society of Canada
Making the holiday season successful. The Alzheimer Society of Canada created a helpful list of ideas to make the holiday season enjoyable for older adults with dementia and their caregivers. They also offer a thoughtful list of gift ideas for individuals with dementia. You can give the Gift of Hope by donating to the Alzheimer Society.
If you are looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities this holiday season, you can find your volunteer match online. Remember that volunteering is also a gift you give yourself. The Volunteer Canada website reveals that “studies show that involved Canadians enjoy an improved overall health”.
Music has the power to lift us up when we are down. The Dianna Krall Christmas Songs album greets the holiday season with a jazz take on several holiday classics making it a great gift idea. An older adult’s fond memories may be rekindled while listening to music such as Dianna Krall’s rendition of ‘Let it Snow’. Take the time to listen to and appreciate the stories told by older adults. Studies have shown that reminiscing has the potential to improve both socialization and the symptoms of depression.
Find a Charity
You won’t have any difficulty finding a worthwhile charity on the CanadaHelps website. There are more than 80,000 charities to choose from online. The Social Services for Seniors section has a whopping 384 registered charities!
However you choose to contribute to an older adult’s quality of life, we would like to thank you for your thoughtfulness, and we wish you all the best this holiday season.