Combatting loneliness during the holidays

The holidays can be a happy time, with many opportunities to get together with friends and family to celebrate. It can also be a tough time for some, often exacerbated by illnesses or the loss of a loved one. Loneliness is also more marked during significant moments of the day or the year: during meals, festivities, holidays, evenings and nights. Healthcare and socialcare professionals, friends, family members and neighbours can help break the cycle of loneliness, by identifying isolated older adults, providing them with care without infantilizing them, and visiting them regularly. It’s also important to maintain a network around them, promote inter-generational activities, and encourage them to participate in activities that appeal to them and that give them a taste for life, such as painting, music and walks. Together, it is possible to make a breach in the walls of solitude affecting our older adults.

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