Just because a person grows older does not mean that they don’t have any worth any more, but this is the way that many seniors view their life. During the holidays, it is important for anyone that has a senior in their life, whether family, friend or client, to ensure that that person feels as if they have something to feel thankful for; that they feel loved.
Try reminiscing with a senior. Find out what their past holidays were like. If they cannot remember due to dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, then tell them about your holidays and make sure that they feel involved.
If a senior has lost a spouse, thinking back can help them to regain some memories so that they do not feel as though they are all alone – make certain that they know that they have you to lean on. It is just another way to display that you believe that With Age Comes Respect.
If you want to re-enact a past Thanksgiving for a senior, the best way to do so is to engage them in the planning process. It is so important to them that they feel as if they have a say in their life; that it is not just dictated to them!
I have actually been guilty of this. I only want to help, but sometimes I get carried away and have not always given my clients their say. I felt bad when I realized it, so now I go overboard asking for input.
I have been discussing the holidays a lot. I hope I am doing good and not promoting any harm!