Elders’ elves help local seniors with everything from ‘Gift Wrap to Google’
Holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year” to many – but if you’re a senior, it’s also one of the most challenging. If seniors’ children can’t be by their side to help them put all the dressings on the holidays, Santa’s Senior Helpers can! These elders’ elves drive the cars, open the doors and wait in the lines for their aging friends who can’t do it on their own anymore. They hunt for deals, decorate, wrap the presents and help seniors shop online. They are Santa’s Senior Helpers, and they aren’t from the North Pole.
Caregivers from Senior Helpers, a leading national in-home senior care provider, are doing the little things and helping thousands of seniors from coast-to-coast prepare for the holidays. Whether they need errands run, cleaning done or even online shopping assistance, Santa’s Senior Helpers are lending a helping hand to embrace the season.
“The holidays can be tough on seniors, especially those who aren’t able get out and to do things like they used to,” says Peter Ross, co-founder and CEO of Senior Helpers. “We care for seniors in their own homes year-round but the holidays tend to bring additional challenges that require an extra set of hands and feet. From gift wrap to Google, our caregivers are taking care of everything seniors we care for need to celebrate the holidays.”
Two new trends many seniors are embracing this holiday season are more on-line shopping and increased experimentation with Internet-based technologies. Santa’s Senior Helpers show them how to find the best deals online and help seniors learn to use newer communication tools, like Skype and social media platforms, to connect with family and friends who may be far away.
Fast Facts About Seniors Online*
• The number of seniors using the Internet has almost doubled since 2005
• 57 percent of seniors plan to shop online for holiday gifts (latest figures)
• 52 percent plan to do at least ¼ of their holiday shopping online (latest figures)
• 26 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are using social networks and online communications tools
*Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project / Extend Health, Inc.
“We work with seniors living on their own each day and we understand how difficult and frustrating it can be when they realize they can’t do it all by themselves anymore,” Ross says. “The holidays can be a hectic and physically demanding time for a lot of people. We’re helping seniors by shouldering some of the burden so they can focus on enjoying the season, which is really what this time of year is all about.”