With large gatherings either not happening because of COVID-19 or avoided by some seniors because they’re worried about contracting the disease, the leaders of local senior centers urge family members to make sure they reach out to their loved ones for the holidays.
As News staff writer Julie Riddle reported recently, depression can creep up on anyone, even during a season when everyone else seems to be happy and enjoying the festivities.
Check-ins on seniors could help them handle such sadness, and asking questions about Christmases past — especially evoking the senses with references to the taste of peppermint, the smell of a fresh-cut tree, and the like — can stir pleasurable memories from the past, suggested Annie Hepburn, director at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center.
“At least make a phone call,” Rogers City Area Senior and Community Center Manager Jennifer Mansfield told Riddle. “Even if it’s a little bit out of your day, it can make a person’s whole day for you to take a few minutes just to call.”
We urge every reader to reach out to a senior today, ask them how they’re doing and tell them you love them and appreciate them.
Make someone’s holiday.