The year 2020 has brought a lot of not so happy surprises for us all. As we all know, the pandemic has hurt the elders the most.
Many seniors had to live alone for months because their children were stuck in another state or country.
Elders who have weak immune systems or undergoing some treatment have had to face the big dilemma of whether they should go to the hospital or not. Calling for help wasn't easy, as well, because almost all the rest of the world was busy with its own problems.
While now these things are slowly returning to normal, the stress will not subside soon. And if the occasion of Christmas allows us to help our elders and celebrate a happy day with them, then why not utilize it to the fullest.
So, here’s a list of things you can do for your elder to help them get back to a happy, normal life and cherish the fun Christmas day. Point 4 is worth noting so look out for it.
6 Things to Make Sure Your Senior Has a Merry Christmas Despite the Pandemic
- Help Them Become a Santa for Their Grandkids.
One of the things that the elders hate is not being able to enjoy much with their grandkids. Sometimes the problem is the generation gap, and many times it is their advancing age and declining health.
Help them get over these problems. You can help your elders with shopping for gifts for their grandkids. Since going out in the market to shop is not a good option, you can assist them in using shopping sites on their phones to buy the gifts.
Also, you can arrange a Christmas party and make the elders wear a cool Santa Claus costume. The kids will love it but the elder himself/herself will have a lot of fun. After all, it will allow them to forget their advancing age and diseases, and will bring out the child within.
Such fun activities are not only great for the elder’s soul but may also help to improve their immunity and overall health. The reason being that our emotional state has a direct connection with our physical health.
- Don't Let Them Feel Lonely.
One of the problems that come with old age is that we start losing friends and family. Children might go away for their education and new families. Colleagues from work and close friends get old and start leaving for heaven.
In such a situation, an elder feels lonely at times. A circumstance like the pandemic makes this even worse. Because now the elder also starts worrying much more about his /her family’s health and wellbeing.
Having an occasion like Christmas to celebrate without your family around is another rotten cherry on top.
The solution is to spend more time with them. This Christmas, be physically present with your elders. You can make them food. You can watch an old movie with them. Or better - Why not combine these two?
You can help them connect with their old friends and family on video calls since physical meetings aren’t the right option right now in the pandemic.
Play indoor games with them. For instance, you can play chess, carrom, ludo, snakes and ladders, monopoly, or scrabble. Something that is not difficult for them according to their age and health condition. But also challenging enough to help them have fun.
Another great idea is to order a Christmas tree and decorate it with them.
- Gift Them Hobby Tools - Become a Santa to Them.
Does your elder love to read? Do they love to write or paint or maybe sing? Buy them tools for their hobbies. These can be books or a kindle for reading, a journal and a cool fountain pen for writing, a paint and brush set for painting, or a karaoke set for singing.
Whatever their hobby, give them the right tools required. Practicing their hobbies helps to grow more brain cells. This will help the elder not only to enjoy life better but also improve their health.
- Gift Your Elder a Free Merry Trial of the Emoha Empower Plan
Yes, we are not yet done with gift ideas for your elders this Christmas. One of the best gifts to give is a Free Merry Trail of the Emoha Empower Membership plan.
With this trial, you get many fantastic services for your elders absolutely free for 30 days. These include:
- Proper coordination with family members, in case of emergencies.
- Availability of a 24/7 care & coordination center for support in emergencies.
- Regular phone calls to check on the safety of the elder.
- Arrangement of daily needs - grocery, medicines, etc.
- Assistance in finding cook, nanny, house help, driver, etc. from verified sources.
Subscribed to this plan, Emoha has a community of over 3500 elders already and would love to welcome more.
Since the free trials are limited in number and the offer is about to end soon, you need to hurry! Get the FreeMerryTrial of Emoha’s Empower Plan for 30 days right away!
- Introduce the Concept of Naturopathy in Their Life.
In the modern world, many of us have disregarded the ways nature can improve our health. As elders try to fit in this world, there's a possibility they too don't have many natural habits helping their health overall.
So, this Christmas, while you spend more time with your elder, introduce them to naturopathy. If natural healing is already a part of their life, you can encourage them to increase the dose.
Make them spend more time under the sun, take their vitamins, and have relaxing baths with essential oil therapy.
Help them practice yoga, meditation, and move their body. Or better, enroll them in a yoga, meditation, or laughter therapy class.
If a caregiver is in charge of their meals, ask the caregiver to introduce more veggies and unprocessed foods in the elder's meals. You can also ask them to include more healthy spices like turmeric and garlic in the food.
Imagine your little effort in incorporating more natural healing methods in your elder's life can make them ten times healthier till the next Christmas. Why miss such an opportunity?
- Help Them Decide on a New Year's Resolution
The new year is around the corner, and just like each of us, elders too should be making new year’s resolutions to lead a happier and better life.
Since many elders are a bit cut off from the world, they might not be able to think of many resolution options or maybe even the idea of it. So, you, on a Christmas day, should talk about this with them and help them decide on a resolution to improve one aspect of their life and cherish it much more.
- Parting Thoughts
Those were six ways through which you can make this Christmas of 2020 much merrier for your elder.
Choose one or all of these to enhance your elder’s day!
In case you don’t have an elder to celebrate Christmas with but would love to, check out the volunteer service at Emoha.
Have any questions about elder care or the Free Merry Trial of 30 days? Call us at 1800-123-445555.