Spend the holidays together, even if you’re apart
The holidays are a time of togetherness, and this year is no different. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way we stay connected, social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation!
CanAge and HelpAge Canada have teamed up to bring you 23 gifts—1 for each day between Dec 10 and Jan 1—that you can use to share the holidays with your loved ones, no matter where you are.
Each day we’ll post a new gift, which you can find below. There you’ll find activity ideas, contests, virtual experiences and other giveaways you can use to make your holidays a little brighter. Don’t worry if you miss a day: you can find all of the previously opened gifts there as well!
Social Isolation: The quiet threat to seniors
Everyone gets lonely sometimes, but social isolation is something else entirely.
Studies show that older people who are socially isolated (suffer a severe and prolonged lack of social and community connections) are at greater risk of not only anxiety and depression but also elder abuse and physical injury.
The holidays can make those who are isolated feel even worse, making it even more important for all of us to reach out to those in our communities who might need the warmth of a simple phone call or virtual visit.
This season, don’t forget to give the most meaningful (and affordable!) gift you can give to a senior you know: friendship.
Need inspiration? Scroll down to find ideas, virtual experiences and other goodies to encourage a safe and socially connected holiday!
Join the movement for better aging
CanAge is Canada’s fastest growing voice for seniors. We collaborate with governments, organizations and policymakers to advance the rights and well-being of Canadians as we age.
When you join CanAge (membership is free), you’re sending a strong message that you care about issues affecting older people in our country: issues that will at some point affect us all. Joining is free, comes with no commitment, and gives you exclusive access to exciting member benefits, including products, services and experiences that match your interests. You’ll also get timely updates on both our work and emerging issues affecting aging Canadians.
Everyone ages but, unfortunately, not everyone gets the chance to age well.
Join CanAge today and, with your help, we can create real change for older Canadians!
To have an even bigger effect, please consider making a donation to HelpAge Canada to directly support those most in need this holiday season.
HelpAge Canada works to improve and maintain the quality of life of vulnerable older persons in Canada and around the world. All donations received directly support this mission.