Supporting Older Adults During the Holiday Season: Easter and Passover Edition

Easter and passover are joyous holidays for many people, but it can also be a difficult time for older adults, particularly those who are lonely or isolated. The holidays can highlight feelings of sadness and even grief, especially for those who have lost loved ones or are unable to celebrate with family and friends.

These holidays can be a particularly nostalgic time for older adults, and memories of past celebrations can be bittersweet, especially if they have lost friends or family members who were once part of their traditions. These traditions, some of which are tied to religion, can often bring on thoughts of one’s own mortality, lack of connection or self-worth.

In addition, older adults who are experiencing mobility issues may find it challenging to attend holiday celebrations or participate in activities like egg hunts or walks in the park. Health concerns around chronic health conditions or worry about COVID-19 can also make the holidays stressful.

So if you are an older adult who is feeling isolated or alone during these holidays, there are several things you can do to reach out to others, including:

Join a religious service online: Many churches and synagogues offer online services during the holiday season, which can be a great way to connect with others and celebrate the holiday.

Volunteer: Volunteering at a local food bank or charity event can be a great way to connect with others and give back to the community.

Reach out to family and friends: If you are feeling lonely, reach out to family and friends, even if it’s just to chat on the phone or via video call.

If you have older adults in your life, there are several things you can do to reach out to them during the holidays, including:

Call or video chat: Even if you can’t be together in person, a phone call or video chat can be a great way to connect with older adults and let them know you’re thinking of them.

Send a care package: If you have older relatives who live far away, consider sending them a care package with treats, cards, and other small gifts.

Offer to run errands: If you have older neighbors or friends, offer to run errands for them, like grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions.

Write a letter: Older adults often appreciate handwritten letters, so consider sending a card or letter in the mail to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Easter and passover are connected in our minds to Spring and renewal. This can be a challenging time for older adults, especially those feeling that they are moving beyond the autumn of their life. But there are many ways to connect during the holidays. Whether you’re an older adult yourself or you have older adults in your life, taking the time to connect with others can make all the difference in creating a meaningful and joyful holiday season.