Posted by:  Gina Salamone

Thanksgiving provides the ideal setting for saying thank you and sharing experiences. To help you express your love and thanks this week, here are a few ideas of what you can do for the seniors in your life:

  1. Listen to them. Seniors have an abundance of wisdom to share and stories to tell. Take a moment to start a conversation. What do they remember about family Thanksgivings when they were younger?
  2. Give them a note or letter. Though written letters are a fading art form, take the time to write a simple thank you note or sincere letter.
  3. Tell them. Your expression of gratitude doesn’t need to be elaborate in order to be meaningful. Simply telling loved ones that you’re grateful for them is often enough for them to feel loved and appreciated.
  4. Serve them. Look around for ways to help them out. Any small act of service will do.
  5. Make a picture collage. For many families, getting everyone together is rare and special. Document the moment with pictures from past holiday gatherings and send it to your loved one.
  6. Call them. Especially if you can’t be with them in person, calling or Skyping family and friends can help them to feel loved even though you’re far away.
  7. Make them something they like. Whether it’s a pie, a card, or a poem, use your talents to make them something they enjoy.
  8. Make a video. Making a short video on your phone is a simple way to say thanks. You can record yourself or ask individual family members to take a few moments to express love and gratitude.
  9. Give them your undivided attention. Giving loved ones your uninterrupted attention is a simple way to show them they’re important to you.

 

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