Did you know that 28 percent of people 65 or older live alone, according to AARP?
Each year, these seniors have fewer family members and friends to provide company and care to them, which often can lead to social isolation. The holidays can be especially hard for those who are living independently and may feel lonely.
That’s why the Home Instead Senior Care® Office serving Lexington is inviting the community to come together to provide gifts and holiday cheer to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family this holiday season through its “Be a Santa to a Senior®” program.
Each year, more than 300 Lexington area seniors are helped through this program.
“‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ helps bring comfort and a smile to many seniors,” said Rich Berube of the Lexington Home Instead Senior Care office. “Social isolation is a concern among seniors and the holidays often intensify feelings of distance and loneliness. When we deliver the gifts and spend some time with them, it makes a big difference.”
The program gets generous support from Lexington businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community. The local Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with several agencies to identify local seniors in need.
It’s easy to help out.
Go to one of the participating locations listed below and look for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” tree on display starting November 1 in the Home Instead Senior Care office located at 207 E. Reynolds Rd., Suite 150 in Lexington.
The tree will be decorated with ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Community members can choose an ornament, buy the requested gift and return it to the store with the ornament attached. There’s no need to worry about wrapping — community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays.
“We’re always excited to see how much ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ boosts seniors’ spirits during the holiday season,” said Berube. “And we are grateful to be a part of a community that comes together to make this happen.”
For more information about the program, visit BeaSantatoaSenior.com or call 859-273-0085.
For more information about how you can help seniors in isolation in your community, visit imreadytocare.com
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska, by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care® network provides personalized care, support and education to help the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network has more than 1,100 independently owned and operated franchises that provide more than 60 million hours of care throughout the United States and 11 other countries.