- Nearly 50% of older adults feel more connected to friends and family over the holiday season, and nearly 60% of younger adults feel more connected to their older family members during the holidays.
- Almost half of older adults say they’re most looking forward to extra quality time with family.
- Gift giving isn’t necessarily a top priority for older or younger generations. 55% of older adults prefer quality time over traditional gifts, and only 6% of older adults are most looking forward to gift exchanges.
- 26% of older adults are excited for seasonal food and desserts, so make sure to prepare the family favorites, and have them bring your childhood treats.
Making the Most of Quality Time This Holiday Season
- For those that live far away or may not be able to take the time they want with family members, look for other ways to share experiences like FaceTime or Skype – using a tablet or a smartphone like the Lively Smart. Research has found that using video chatting platforms like Skype to connect with friends and family can help with depression in older adults.
- If you are giving a gift, give an experience you can share together! Make a book of tickets for future get-togethers (brunches, walks with the family, game nights, etc.) – this gives you both something to look forward to.
- Have grandma talk you through her family’s gingerbread cookie recipe – and bake them together. (Yes, even on the phone or video chat.)
- During your family’s gift change, share a memory for every gift opened. Don’t forget to document with photos!
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