This holiday season, give outside the box to an older adult in your community
For many people, the holidays are a time of warmth, laughter and light. Unfortunately, many older people find themselves alone during the winter months due to lack of social connections, mobility issues or living in remote rural areas with lack of accessible transportation.
Luckily, brightening someone’s holidays isn’t hard to do. It just takes a little “giving outside the box”!
This year, CanAge is asking you to reach out to an older person in your community and help make their holidays a little bit warmer. We’ve put together a list of 12 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Holiday, to spark inspiration so that you can spark joy for someone else who needs it.
We’ve also written our own holiday wishlist of things we want for Canadian seniors. These things may not fit in a box, but they’re real and desperately needed. We’re continuing to work with all levels of government to make these wishes come true on behalf of you and your loved ones.
If you want to help us help older Canadians, the best way to do it is to become a free CanAge Member! It comes with no obligation and a bunch of great benefits, including VIP priority access to upcoming events, exclusive resources and advance notice on other exciting happenings. Some of the best gifts really are free!
From all of us to all of you, happy holidays and here’s to a new year of protecting the rights of older people across our great country.
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12 Ways to brighten someone’s holiday
Here are some simple and free ways to bring some warmth to an older person’s holiday season.
How many of these can you do this year?
- Drop by with some food: No one should be hungry during the holidays. Make an older person’s day more full-FILLING by bringing them a hot meal.
- Play some games: Everyone loves a little healthy competition. Bring around some board games to while away the chilly afternoon!
- Keep them company: Sometimes the best gift you can give is your presence. Spend some quality time with an older person during the holiday season, but make sure to follow public health guidance!
- Bring over your pets: Furry friends can brighten anyone’s day. Offer to drop off your pet to spend the day or even longer!
- Get connected with tech: Devices allow us to stay connected easier than ever before. Providing an older person with a phone, tablet, or laptop–or helping them use their own–is a gift that keeps on giving!
- Offer a ride: Many older people have trouble getting around due to lack of transit or mobility issues. Offer to drive them where they need to go!
- Help them bundle up: Getting an older person some warm clothes for the winter can keep them warm and comfortable during this season. Extra points if you knit them yourself!
- Help with decorations: Decorating is a sure-fire way to make the holidays more cheerful and festive. Offer to reach the high places lift some boxes for those who may need a helping hand!
- Share holiday stories: What better time to relive happy memories than in front of the fire during the holiday season?
- Bake up a storm: Make their holidays a little sweeter by baking them their favourite treat. Even better, do it together!
- Offer to help around the house: We all have a project we’ve been putting off until tomorrow. Offer to help them get it done while you have some spare time over break! Many older people struggle to keep the snow shoveled, so helping with that is also a great way to show you care.
- Send them a card: In fact, we’ve created one for you to use! Download our holiday card here.
Send a senior a holiday card
Drop some love into someone’s mailbox!
It’s an easy way to make someone’s day, especially if they’re feeling lonely over the holidays.
We’ve created a festive card you can download, print and throw in the mail (or, even better, deliver it yourself and stay for a chat)!
CanAge’s Holiday Wishlist for Seniors
Here’s what we’re asking for this holiday season, on behalf of older Canadians everywhere.
With your support, we can turn wishes into reality!
Catching up with our friends
The best part of the holidays is reconnecting with friends and family.
We sat down with some of our closest friends to find out what they’re wishing for on behalf of older Canadians, and what’s coming next for them in the New Year.
Help us stand up for seniors
Becoming a free CanAge Member is a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of Canada’s more than 7 million older adults.
When you join, you’re supporting our advocacy work, adding your voice to our calls for change. We’ve already accomplished so much, and it’s thanks to people like you who care enough to take action.
Members also receive exclusive benefits like priority access to events, resources you can use to live your best life, special offers and more!