Staying engaged with your loved ones this holiday season may require a bit of additional planning and effort, but it will be well worth it. Here are seven ideas:
- Call or video chat regularly, even if just to check in. To help enhance the video chatting experience, consider providing your senior loved one with a larger computer monitor or tablet.
- Plan a small outdoor gathering if the weather is warm enough, making sure to wear masks, wash hands, stay socially distanced and carry hand sanitizer.
- Create pre-cooked meals and deliver them to your loved one’s doorstep.
- Organize a virtual bake-off and let your loved one choose which family recipe to prepare.
- Exercise together during a video chat.
- Set up a story time session between your loved one and his/her grandchild.
- Open presents together virtually using video chat.
Connecting regularly with your older loved ones is key to keeping them engaged and in good spirits, especially through the holidays, Dr. Gelb says.
“If they know their daughter or son is going to be calling them at, say, lunchtime that gives them something to look forward to,” Dr. Gelb says. “That simple phone call can really refresh them and help them maintain a positive attitude, which is so vitally important to all of us.”