Saying Hello isn’t just for Christmas …

Saying ‘Hello’ isn’t just for Christmas …

So, when you’re ready to pop that sealed envelope containing a Christmas card through your elderly neighbour’s letter box, just ring the bell instead, say ‘Hello’ and introduce yourself to your neighbour.

Don’t seal envelopes – some elderly people will struggle to open them.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Christmas Spirit became an everyday pastime? Being part of a community benefits everyone involved.

According to Age UK, ‘Around 1 million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. On their own. Forgotten’

Things we could offer to do:

When Christmas shopping, is there a small gift you could buy for a lonely neighbour?

Call on your neighbour when you’re going food shopping – ask if they need something.

Could you help your neighbour – put out the bins? – change a lightbulb? – gardening?

Could you invite a lonely neighbour into your home for a cup of tea?

Have you been baking or cooking? Have your children been baking at school? Taking home baked biscuits to your neighbour can be a great way to introduce yourself and your family.

Chatting or sharing time together can be uplifting for a person who lives alone.

Could you share new technology? – Use your laptop to help an elderly neighbour connect with distant family or friends.

Could you set up a skype call?

Show your neighbour school reunion websites – Could you help your neighbour connect with long-lost friends?

Put your neighbour in touch with community groups.

Age UK http://www.ageuk.org.uk

Silverline http://www.thesilverline.org.uk HELPLINE: Tel: 0800 4 70 80 90

Royal Voluntary Service http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/get-help

If you are lonely ~

It’s reported that over four million people will be alone at Christmas.
Some people prefer to live a quieter life. Yet, for differing reasons, some people may have backed away from a regular social life and have found themselves in a lonely situation. If this sounds like you, think about re-connecting with life around you:

Phone a friend.

Volunteer for a community group.

Accept invitations – joining in with other people can often help us feel more uplifted.

Skype family or friends.

Join in with a fundraising challenge.

Get some fresh air – Join a fitness or walking group.

Bake and share. Do you have an elderly neighbour who may be glad of some company?

 

For activities to share, 1950s/60’s scenes colouring for mature adults, nostalgic, memory and conversation prompts, see:

www.dementiaworkshop.co.uk/product-category/time-to-chat/