The holidays are coming. Amidst all the hustle, bustle, and chaos that ensues, it’s often easy to lose touch or become disconnected from those who matter most. This is especially true for active, independent seniors who have friends and family who live far away. Things have changed in recent years though, and it is now possible to stay connected to loved ones near and far even through the hectic holiday season.
Utilize Technology To Bridge The Distance and Stay Connected To Family
When you’re away from friends and family during the holidays, technology has made it easier than ever to stay connected and keep each other involved. Below are just a few examples of how you can make your loved ones feel closer as the holidays approach and all through the season as well.
- Social Media. Keep everyone up to date about what’s going on through social media. Create a family group where you include a calendar of events for things like school performances, family gatherings, parades, special church services, and even favorite community holiday events you like to attend as a family.
- Mobile Media. Use mobile phones and tablets to record snippets of holiday festivities and performances. If your loved ones can’t attend due to health, prior engagements, or distance, you can still make them part of the performances by sharing videos with them.
- Email. Record messages and send a holiday email for all the important holidays throughout the year. When you can't be together, it provides a little smile to the day of loved ones who are far away.
- Video Calls. Video calling platforms, like Skype, make it easier for you to have face time with family and friends living near or far.
Sometimes the greatest gift you can give your loved ones is a ride (or flight) to where you are. Togetherness is what the holidays are about after all. Plan to make it happen, even if it doesn’t happen on specific dates during the holiday season. Being together during the holidays is important and meaningful to your loved ones.
Include Everyone In Traditions
When you can get together for holiday events and traditions, make sure to include everyone. These traditions are all about the togetherness of the holiday season—even more so than the event or activity itself. Whether it’s baking cookies or driving around town to see the holiday lights, make sure that everyone feels involved and is part of the festivities.
You don’t have to move mountains to stay connected to family members and bridge both miles and generations. These simple steps help everyone feel a little closer to home for the holidays.
Eskaton makes it easier than ever for residents to stay in touch with family and friends. Learn more about the Keep Connected program.