Senior citizens, once the lifeline of every family and the backbone of America, are often tossed aside and forgotten after they have outlived what is considered to be their usefulness to society. Many are left sick, alone and forgotten in nursing homes. A few have the rare opportunity to spend their remaining days in their own homes or in retirement communities. Fewer still are taken into the homes of loved ones. Consequently, when Christmas time rolls around, many have no one with which to celebrate the holiday season. This year, make a senior citizen feel special and cared for by getting her a thoughtful Christmas gift.
Make or purchase a shawl or throw for warmth. Senior citizens often live on a fixed income and can't afford to run the heat all of the time. A warm fleece or tapestry throw will be welcome for laps, and a cozy shawl will keep shoulders toasty.
Give them a space heater or make a donation to the electric or gas bill to ensure that heat will be available when it is needed. The cost will range around $50 to $100.
Present them with the gift of companionship. Agree to call or visit a senior citizen at least once a month for a year. If you can't commit the time, contact a local group that performs such services for a fee and subscribe to the service for a period of time.
Put together a box of food goodies. Choose easily to cook items like soup, frozen dinners, vegetables and packaged goods. Add in some soft cookies, hard candy and other treats that will make them feel special.
Get them a maid service for a period of time. As senior citizens get older, there are certain typical cleaning techniques they can no longer perform. Make arrangements with a professional service like Merry Maids to perform those services for them. It could be once a month or only a couple of times a year.
Give them a coupon book you put together. Coupons might include things like taking them out to lunch, helping them with the laundry, taking them for doctors' appointments or taking them for a walk. You can choose those services that you are willing to perform and they can redeem the coupon for the services when they need them the most. The cost to you will be minimal--just a bit of your time.
Take the individual out for Christmas dinner or invite him to your house to spend time with your family. Even one less day alone will mean the world to the person, and you might be surprised how much you enjoy it as well.