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All I Want For Christmas Is For No One To Be Lonely

All I Want For Christmas Is For No One To Be Lonely

By Susan Williams

As I begin preparations for the upcoming holiday season, I can’t help but get excited.

My kids will be home for the holidays, we have a number of parties and get togethers lined up with friends and just going outside and seeing the Christmas lights lifts my spirits.

But there is something that I have been thinking about as I begin to make my holiday plans.

Over the past year, we have shared a number of posts and articles about loneliness for older people and the health risks that this presents. And sadly, it’s not that uncommon for people of any age to feel lonely over the holidays. Some research from the AARP found;

“Thirty-one percent of respondents say they have felt lonely during the holiday season sometime during the past five years, and 41 percent have worried about a family member or friend feeling lonesome.”

I can only imagine at this time of year, feelings of loneliness are magnified as the expectations run high for spending happy times with family and friends.

The following video from Age UK does and excellent job of shining a light on the feelings of isolation and loneliness that an older person may experience over the holidays.

So rather then a new sweater or pair of gloves, my Christmas wish this year is very simple.

I wish that no one is lonely this holiday season.

But unfortunately, this is definitely something I can’t do by myself.

So if you can, please take a look around your community. If you see someone who may be alone this holiday season, why not take a few minutes and have a conversation or grab a cup of coffee with them. Visit an elderly neighbour just to make sure they are doing okay. Or if you can, even add an extra chair for your holiday dinner.

Who knows, maybe one day we may be in their situation and having someone to spend time with over the holidays may be all we want for Christmas.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.