Who is Thankful for You this Thanksgiving?

Who is Thankful for You this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is the start of the ‘holiday season’ that is filled with gratitude, caring, love, laughter, joy, grace and blessings. It is a time to share ourselves with family and friends. A decade ago I read a Thanksgiving column by Paul Sassone that had a profound impact on me. Like others I had focused on, “What am I thankful for?” Sassone turned that thought around to, “Who is thankful for me?” Not “what do I get?” but “what do I give?” During this holiday season we can do much to make others thankful for us.

When planning your holidays, include family and friends who are alone and/or in a senior living facility. It is thoughtful to bring baked items to the seniors and in-firmed in and around your life. But to bring others into your home to share your love, laughter, warmth and food will make them even more thankful for you.

Thanksgiving can also serve as a reminder of loved ones who are no longer with us. While loss is a part of life, many seniors often have a difficult time adjusting to this new reality. During Thanksgiving, family members can encourage conversation about the person who has passed on, giving the senior and others an opportunity to express their feelings of love and appreciation.

As Maya Angelou so eloquently put it, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Make people feel thankful for you this Thanksgiving. We here at The Seniors’ Answer are thankful for our family, friends and the seniors we have had the honor to serve this year. We hope they are equally thankful for us.