Celebrate with seniors long distance this year if you have to! Extended families are often scattered in these days. If you or your aging parents are unable to travel to be together for holidays, all is not lost. You'll need to be creative but you can invent many ways to make the holiday special for your parents.
One idea might be to organize a "virtual Christmas Party" with your family.
could obtain a free conference line that you send to all family members
ahead of time. Celebrate with your seniors long distance by signing up at
MrConference.com. Each person that calls, pays their applicable long-distance.
2. Set up a time that you agree on (don't forget to translate for the various timezones)
3. Everyone dials the number and PIN number at the same time.
4. If you act as "moderator" then you can invite everyone to say their name as they come on and greet.
5. You can sing a couple of favorite Christmas carols as a group. If your family is religious you could read the Christmas story or have a prayer.
6. Then you can go "around the room" and have each person describe one Christmas gift they received from another on the line. You can have your mom open her gifts at this time so it's like having the family around a "virtual tree".
Here’s how you can keep this virtual connection going even after the
holidays. Especially if they have grandchildren or great grandchildren!
Another family sends an email to
grandparents and other relatives across the country every Thursday. It
has a letter that summarizes the week's events and 4-5 pictures that go
along with it.
Use these ideas to spark your imagination and get creative about how to celebrate with seniors long distance!