Thanksgiving: How to Celebrate with Seniors this Year

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to share a meal and celebrate with family and friends. For the average American family, the year is not complete without a bountiful gathering filled with all the trimmings. The holiday represents a moment when family members from young to old come together to share some valuable time, laughter, food, and thankfulness. This year, however, may look a little different.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, we must remember to protect our most vulnerable family members during the holidays. Although some care facilities may allow limited visitors, it is important to avoid large gatherings with family and friends.

The current pandemic presents an opportunity for creativity and finding new ways to celebrate with those we love. The good news is that Thanksgiving is not ruined. There are still many safe ways to celebrate the holiday while giving thanks this year:

Send Your Loved One’s Treats

Sending a gift of delicious treats to your loved ones can help lift their spirits this holiday. Whip up something homemade and delicious instead of ordering online to make the gesture even that much more thoughtful. Send baked cookies, banana bread or pumpkin bread as a reminder that you care.

Plan a Virtual Dinner

If your loved one is in a care facility, they can still be included in Thanksgiving celebrations. Plan a virtual gathering to give them a live family dinner experience. Make the event more exciting by broadcasting the display of your gadget’s screen to the TV.

Host a Small Celebration

To protect your most vulnerable loved ones this holiday consider hosting a special day with limited guests. Organize activities such as cooking or looking at photo albums to make the celebration memorable.

Consider an Outdoor Gathering

Plan an outdoor celebration to help mitigate the risks and take advantage of the warm November weather. Limit the number of friends and family members, and practice social distancing as you hold thanksgiving celebrations in the backyard or at a park.

Give the Gift of Safety

This holiday season consider giving the gift of safety to your loved ones. A Medical Alert system provides individuals peace of mind knowing that in the event of a fall or an emergency, help is available 24/7 with the press of a button.

Although this year has had many challenges, we must remember to protect our most vulnerable seniors while being thankful for those we love and grateful for our time together.