How You Can Help the Elderly at Christmas

by Dale on November 16, 2009

bildeI missed the opportunity to contribute last year and was disappointed.   So, I’m letting each of you know how to get involved in your area while there’s still time!

Home Instead Senior Care (a provider of non-medical home care and companionship to older adults) sponsors a “Be a Santa for a Senior” program across the country.  For the 2008 national campaign, 400,000 needy seniors received gifts from 27,000 volunteers.    Since the annual program began, 930,000 gifts have been delivered to 568,055 seniors.

The needy seniors served don’t ask for much.  Common requests are socks, pajamas, hand/body lotion, blankets.  “One lady is asking for a Bible, puzzle and blanket.”

Most of us reading this post have elderly parents.  My mother often remarks that her friends tell her how fortunate she is to have two children who care about and for her.  Think of the many elderly who have no one and very little financial means.  While there are many programs to ensure children get clothing, toys and food at Christmas,  people often don’t think about the isolated and lonely seniors.

You can reach out and help those seniors through this program:

  • Call your local Home Instead franchise and ask if they are sponsoring the program in your area.  http://www.homeinstead.com/findhomecare/default.aspx
  • You can involve your church or civic group in the “Be a Santa” program.
  • If you aren’t able to purchase gifts, you can help with gift wrapping and delivery.

Consider being a “Santa for a Senior” this year.  Help provide the human contact and social interaction that is so very much needed by these seniors.

In a small but important way, “you” can brighten the life of a senior this Christmas!

Source: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20091116/LIFESTYLE/911160304/Santa-program-helps-fulfill-elderly-wish-lists

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Lisa Kearney December 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I know a middle aged couple whom are recipients of SSI,due to their limited income they could use some help this Christmas. This couple does not drive and they have no family members living in FL.These people feel sadden as if no one really cares about them or their needs. I know some of their needs are: Food, Hygiene Items,Pet supplies for Fido & Tom Tom.People have asked why do they have pets in their present situation, the pets are their therapy! If you can find someone willing to open their hearts to this couple. I know it will be appreciated! The address for them is: 7850 SE. 22ND Ave. Ocala,Fl.34480 Merry Christmas & God Bless

Dale December 8, 2009 at 11:14 am

The best advice I can offer is for you or them to call their local Area on Aging office.
I know you say they’re middle-aged. Still this office knows community resources and can suggest the best places for them to turn to for help.
I got on the http://www.eldercare.gov site and found this information for them.
Office Phone : (352) 378-6649
Information Phone : (800) 262-2243
Website : http://www.agingresources.org
Contact Email : longmorek@agingresources.org

nanny calgary March 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I think finding ways to help make the holiday’s fun for those in your family who are in their later years really can be memorable. I remember looking back on when I celebrated Christmas 2 years ago for the last time with my grandpa. It is something I will never forget and I now looking back truly appreciate all that he did to make traditions and keep us as a family together. It’s a lot harder now, and I don’t know what we are going to be doing this year for Christmas, but looking back I had some wonderful memories of Christmas because of my grandpa.

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