Page 12 - Scene Magazine 45-12 December 2020
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  Non Profit Scene
BY TIM MITCHELL
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
   Have you noticed? Christmas prepa- ration came quite early this year for many households. Christmas trees were being trimmed in many homes before the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, one family on Halloween night was not able to take their children trick or treating because of concerns over the pandemic so the children were asked what they would like to do instead. They responded enthusiastically, “Let’s decorate the house for Christmas!” Then added, “While wearing our Halloween costumes!” So, on October 31st the entire family donned their best costumes and began decorating for the upcoming holiday that was almost two months away. This will undoubtedly be a Halloween and Christmas they will forever remember.
homes. These relationships then often fade and disappear over time, leaving the older adult with fewer and fewer friends with which to converse or spend quality time.
• Clear the snow from their driveway and sidewalks.
Needless to say, “creativity” has been the operative word throughout this entire year. Businesses, government, and even families have had to become creative during this time as reports of health concerns have filled the news headlines and conversations around the world. Hopefully, during the upcoming holiday season the entire world will be able to take a step back from the stress of this past year to celebrate a season of love, joy, and peace.
What can we do to brighten the day, or holiday, for someone that may be feel- ing left out from the joyous celebrations around them? It may be an older person, or it may be someone that simply doesn’t have family or friends with which to share a celebratory get-together. Your action doesn’t have to be elaborate or costly, just genuine and sincere. Here are a few things to consider.
• Send them a Christmas card signed
At Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E.
our entire mission is centered around making a difference in the lives of the older adults we serve. This includes taking time to listen to each participant, engaging them in conversation, taking a personal interest in them as a person, and caring for their medical, emotional, and social needs. When a person joins Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. they become like family and their well-being becomes
our priority, not just around the holiday season, but every day of the year.
However, there will also be a segment of our population who will experience a sobering sense of loneliness while others celebrate around them. It may be your next-door neighbor, or someone with whom you work, or a homeless person or family, or a long-time friend, or pos- sibly even a family member. One part of our society who is extremely vulnerable to isolation and loneliness during the holidays, as well as other times of the year, is the elderly. Unfortunately, it is possible to get so caught up in our own celebratory plans that we fail to see the loneliness of those around us, even when they are close to us.
by you and your family. You can add
a simple note to let them know you are thinking about them. Handwritten cards have largely become a thing of the past, so your personal note to them will likely be inspiring and uplifting.
We make a difference in the lives of those we serve. We have seen hundreds of seniors go from isolation and loneli- ness to feeling valued, loved, respected, and socially engaged. To learn how we may be able to help you or a loved one, please call (269) 441-9319 or visit www.seniorcarepartnersmi.org.
Consider, for example, the very real circumstances of the older adult. With each passing year, the number of friends they have declines. Some friends die, while others go to live with their chil- dren or grandchildren. Still others move into assisted living centers or nursing
• Take some freshly baked cookies, bread, a meal, or non-perishable food items to them. Comfort food is always something that gives pleasure to the spirit of a person
12 SCENE 4512 I HOLIDAY ISSUE
‘Tis the Season of Love, Joy, Peace... and Loneliness
As individuals age, they inevitably will lose their own spouse. They sudden- ly have to deal with the loss of their part- ner, with whom they experienced most of their life. This overwhelming sense of grief is often intensified during the hol- iday season. Also, their own health may start to decline leaving them less mobile and possibly disabled, unable to leave their own home.
• If you have children or grandchildren, have them draw a picture or write
a letter to them and hand deliver it. Many older people love to interact with children.
It’s easy to see how an older adult’s entire universe becomes much smaller than it was just a short time ago. How- ever, most do not complain. In fact, they hide their feelings quite well and don’t discuss their loneliness or how anxious they are to see another person and en- gage in even a brief conversation.
Go ahead, make their day (or holi- day)! Giving someone suffering from isolation and loneliness a small portion of your time can make a significant dif- ference in their life. The number of ways you can reach out to them to fill a void in their lives is endless and limited only to your imagination.
• Knock on their door and have a brief conversation with them. You can just say you have been thinking about them and just wanted to stop by to say hello and see how they were doing.
Senior Care Partners P.A.C.E. wishes our participants, staff, and the entire community a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
as well as to their appetite.
• Make a phone call to check on them.
Everyone loves to know that someone is thinking about them and a phone call is one of the most convenient ways to send that uplifting message.
• Invite them to go with your family to see Christmas lights in your community.
 



































































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