Vancouver, WA, December 12, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- You may have seen them around but just didn’t take notice. 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 Vancouver, WA, a leading national in-home senior care provider, are doing the little things and helping seniors prepare for the holidays. Whether they need errands to be run, cleaning to be 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,” said Norm Harris, President of Senior Helpers Vancouver, WA. “We care for seniors in their own homes year round, but the holidays and this time of year 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,” Harris added.
Two new trends many seniors are embracing this holiday season are more online 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 that 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 in 2010
• 52 percent plan to do at least one-fourth of their shopping online this year
• 26 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are using social networks and online communications tools
“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,” Harris said. “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.”
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project/ Extend Health, Inc