Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving

by Tish Rudnicki, MSW, Executive Director, North Shore Senior Center

Here are some easy, fun ways to stay connected, bring joy and help others to feel appreciated: 

  • Have dinner delivered and then plan a virtual dinner with them. If they are local, deliver the meal yourself to their front door.
  • Create a schedule for friends and family to call those who will be alone throughout the holiday weekend.
  • Plan ahead and help an older person connect to Zoom, Skype or FaceTime before the holiday so they can be involved with the family on the day itself.
  • Encourage grandchildren to call on their own for one-on-one chats.
  • Many older adults’ worlds have become increasingly smaller during the pandemic so they may not have as much to talk about. You don’t need to be at the dinner table to have meaningful conversations – ask them about a holiday memory or favorite family story, even if you have heard it a thousand times before.
  • If you’re engaging with someone who is experiencing memory loss, understand that while they may not remember who you are, they may still want to talk about something that they loved to do, or holidays past.
  • Send a care package that includes family photos, traditional Thanksgiving foods, puzzles or a favorite holiday movie.
  • Create and share a gratitude jar by having family members write down why they appreciate the person or some favorite shared holiday memories, combine them all in a jar, basket or envelope, and deliver them in time for Thanksgiving Day. 


In whatever way you choose to share your Thanksgiving joy, it’s sure to make your day a little brighter too.

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