With the holidays approaching at the speed of light, it is easy to get caught up in our to-do lists, gift shopping, decorating…. and let’s not forget the holiday baking! While many of us are surrounded by family and friends year-round, there is a large population of older adults who are alone in this world and holidays can be very painful. In a study by the University of Michigan and AARP, 1 in 3 adults say they lack regular companionship. (AARP 4 March 2019).
Look around your neighborhood, check your address book; any solos who could use a friend? A recent widow or widower? Who sits next to you in church, alone, week after week? Let your family and friends know there is an extra dinner plate at the table this year. Not cooking this year? No one expects a gourmet meal – a friendly face and a simple cup of coffee can go a long way to ease someone’s loneliness.