In stores and businesses across the United States, Canada and abroad, donation centers are set up to help make sure children have a happy holiday season, at least a few gifts under the tree to open and warm clothes for winter weather. But seniors too need a little special attention during the holiday season and with so many older adults living alone or in long-term care, a growing number of Canadian volunteers are helping to brighten the days of elderly adults.
According to the Coast Mountain News, isolation is fast becoming an epidemic for Canadian seniors. Loneliness and social isolation can worsen physical and mental health problems and studies have compared chronic loneliness with smoking 15 cigarettes a day. To help combat senior isolation, London Drugs across Western Canada is partnering with 90 senior care organizations to deliver holiday gifts to nearly 17,000 seniors this holiday season.
Many elderly adults find the holidays particularly difficult if they have lost a spouse or other loved-ones and are separated from friends and family. A hand-delivered gift not only lets seniors know someone is thinking about them, but a personal visit during the holidays also provides a lift to the spirit. The Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program helps facilitate the interaction between older adults and their communities, creating greater understanding and more social connection.
To participate in the program, visit any London Drugs until December 16 and pick a tag from the wish list tree. Learn more by following this link to the London Drugs website or follow London Drugs on Instagram here.
Gift Ideas for Elderly Adults
- Throw blanket
- Board Games
- Kitchen tools
- Non-skid slippers
- Warm gloves, scarves, hats or socks
- Hot chocolate and mug
- Hand cream
- Gift cards for groceries or other necessities
- Tissues and other cold care items
Be sure and check our Oldish 2019 Gift Guide for more ideas.