I wrote a piece this morning on The Senior List's Facebook page titled “Loneliness During The Holidays“. As an occasional contributor to The Senior List®, I don't get to write as much as I'd like to these days. I wanted to send a message to our faithful community, reminding you to reach out and touch someone this holiday season.
Some Seniors Feel Lonely During The Holidays
To get you in the mood (and to get the tears streaming), take 2 minutes to view John Lewis' touching Christmas video titled “Man on the Moon”. It's the story of little Lily, who spots an old man (on the moon) through her telescope. The old man goes about his chores alone, while Lily watches hoping to get his attention. The ending is, well, touching, to say the least. Take a look for yourself.
In my Facebook post I noted that a number of studies have shown that lonely isolated seniors can actually have an increased risk of mortality. Said differently, loneliness doesn't just suck… It's bad for your health.
Loneliness at Christmas even causes many folks to experience feelings of guilt. Because while we're opening gifts, gathering around the table for dinner, and toasting the coming year… Some of our friends and family are not experiencing this holiday as they used to.
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge
Let's all make an effort to reach out and touch someone this holiday season. You'll be glad you did!