Do you have elderly neighbors, relatives or friends who live alone? They may be nervous about trick-or-treaters (especially the tricksters) and appreciate an offer to help them greet and give out candy. If they are bed-bound or living somewhere (like a 55-plus community) that doesn’t get trick-or-treaters, fill your car and import some to make their day. It’s all too easy for the elderly to feel totally disconnected and isolated, and their feelings of loneliness can be toughest during holidays.

“Baby’s First Christmas” emblazons many a Christmas ornament. And Halloween certainly seems like a kids’ holiday – at least according to the ads. What do you think of when YOU think of the holidays? 


Do you have elderly neighbors, relatives or friends who live alone? They may be nervous about trick-or-treaters (especially the tricksters) and appreciate an offer to help them greet and give out candy. If they are bed-bound or living somewhere (like a 55-plus community) that doesn’t get trick-or-treaters, fill your car and import some to make their day. It’s all too easy for the elderly to feel totally disconnected and isolated, and their feelings of loneliness can be toughest during holidays.


How about Christmas and all the other religious traditions coming up during the next couple of months? Here’s some ideas for those same elderly neighbors. Even if they are mobile and still driving, it’s still worthwhile to reach out and connect, especially this time of years.


· Offer to pick up a few gifts from their "to buy" list while you are doing your own shopping.


· Offer to wrap some gifts for them, or to help address holiday card envelopes (it can be difficult for arthritic fingers).


· Bring over a plate, ready to be microwaved, the day of or day after your holiday party of other celebration.


· Bring over an old holiday classic movie to watch with them.


Just because we may not look like kids anymore doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy celebrating.


Good cheer to all!


Plymouth, Mass., resident Marilee Kern Driscoll is a professional speaker and the author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Long-term Care Planning.” She has been quoted in hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including “The Wall Street Journal” and “Kiplinger’s Personal Finance,” and has been interviewed on the CBS Early Show. She encourages you to ask your questions, subscribe to her free newsletter, and find local help with long-term care anywhere in the U.S. at www.LTC123.com.