While the start of the holiday season brings much joy and the resurrection of long-standing traditions, for senior adults, this time may exacerbate feelings of depression.
Statistics show about 12.5 million older persons live alone (8.8 million women, 3.8 million men), which can lead to loneliness or isolation, especially during the holiday season. If you are a senior adult living alone, or are a friend or family member of one, consider starting some new holiday traditions.
Taking care of oneself mentally, physically and spiritually is imperative. Exercising and eating well can be challenging when one is alone. Take advantage of this time of giving to prepare healthy meals and share with others who are alone. Enjoy a walk on a sunny day. Exposure to sunlight can provide an immediate mood boost.
Meet at an indoor shopping center to form a walking group. Carpool to religious services to ensure spiritual health is maintained during the winter months.
Check with local senior centers or schools to find out what volunteering opportunities are available. From reading partners to mentoring, working with youth can be both rewarding and fun.
The holiday season is a great time to reach out to friends and family. From a phone call to a visit, take time to catch up on the lives of those with whom you’ve lost touch.
Try to focus on the positive rather than the negative. Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new or make a difference in someone’s life. Share your time with others, from baking cookies for a neighbor or shoveling someone’s walk to offering to help wrap gifts.
At Friendship Village Columbus, you can surround yourself with festive décor, friendly neighbors and holiday cheer.
Stock up on one-of-a-kind handmade gift items at a holiday craft bazaar on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Friendship Hall and the Arts and Crafts Room. Browse a selection of items made by FVC residents and staff. Italian submarine sandwiches, salads and baked goods will be available for purchase.
Enter the raffle to win amazing prizes such as a gourmet gift basket, quilt, ceramic Christmas tree, Buckeye bear, poinsettia stocking, embroidered dresser scarf, OSU pin, handcrafted wood bowl or a vintage holiday doll. Sales are cash only and all proceeds benefit the residents’ association fund. No RSVP is required.
See the Village at its seasonal finest during The Greatest Gift Home Tour on December 7 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Come to the main lobby at 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. to begin your tour of seven beautifully decorated homes. Enjoy seasonal music, holiday cookies, spiced hot cider and candy throughout your tour. Please RSVP by December 4 by calling (614) 568-0503.
Schedule a tour and enjoy lunch with us at Friendship Village Columbus! If you would like to schedule a private tour or speak with a residential services representative, please call (614) 568-0503 or click here and add “Schedule lunch and tour” on the subject line.Make new traditions with Friendship Village Columbus