Take care of those home alone for the holidays

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The province says the holidays can be a lonely time, especially for seniors. You can try these simple things to help others who may suffer from social isolation.

For example, invite someone that you know might not have family nearby to your dinner table or holiday festivities. If you can, facilitate transportation — as sometimes accessibility is the biggest barrier to joining activities.

The tips also suggests taking time to visit family members who are living alone or in care facilities. “While you are there, maybe pack along an extra flower or gift you can give to another resident you think could use some company,” the province states. “If you have time, sit with them too.”

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Also, video chats or phone calls work wonders if you can’t physically visit them, the province says.

“If you hear someone say they are lonely, or if they look like they need some company, make a point of helping. You can connect with them yourself – this could be as simple as dropping off a card to them unexpectedly the next time you are around – or let their friends or caretakers know so they can include this person in activities or offer suggestions on groups they can join.”

If you feeling lonely this season, there are ways you can connect, too. The province suggests you look for programs at your local community centre, or try volunteering for a charity.

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“You will meet other volunteers who are also there to make a difference, and the people you help will be thankful for your help,” the B.C. government states.

You can also check for social groups that meet up near your neighbourhood. These could be book clubs, craft clubs, or other groups that just like to get together.

“This season, let’s all try to take a moment to connect and make sure everyone in our community has someone to share the holidays with.”

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