The holidays are once again upon us, and that can sometimes bring mixed emotions for seniors. It’s not uncommon to feel lonely this time of year if family is far away, or bittersweet nostalgia as they remember a lifetime of celebrations—good and bad—or loved ones who have passed away.

Whether the festivities of the season bring mostly happy or sad memories, it’s especially important for seniors to stay active and feel a sense of community and belonging, especially as the days get shorter, the weather gets colder, and feelings of isolation can easily dampen spirits.

Here are a few ways for seniors to get involved, stay busy, create meaningful new memories, and celebrate all the riches of the holiday season.


Dig through boxes to find some treasures of holidays past while adding a modern twist with a new color theme, some fresh boxes of LED lights, or whatever catches your eye at the craft store.

Wrap Gifts

Gift presentation can be back to basics or a flight of fancy. From upcycled fabric remnants and ribbons to personally decorated craft paper and garden twine, finding aunique way to present a gift can be an opportunity to test your creativity and show off your style.


Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a complete novice in the kitchen, why not challenge yourself with a new recipe or give an old favorite a fresh twist? Baking is also a great way to bond with grandkids and the perfect opportunity to laugh with friends—both old and new.

Watch Movies

Watching a few beloved holiday classics is a tried-and-true way to get in the spirit of the season. And this year, try starting a new tradition with some fancy popcorn, a warm drink, and a crowd-pleasing recent release.

Send Greeting Cards

A store-bought or handmade card through the mail is always appreciated, but you can also get creative with personalized e-cards that have short, recorded messages from everyone in the family. It’s a great way to connect and keep up with family and friends across the miles.

See Lights

Plan an evening to take a driving tour of your neighborhood or local professional light display to admire the magnificent decorations. Light show tours in limos or buses can also take you to the most glittering displays in the area.


The holiday season is the perfect time of year to give back. Seniors can get involved sorting donations at their local food shelf, knitting warm hats, mittens and scarves for kids and adults in need, or participating in collection or fundraising events for local charities.