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How to support seniors during the holiday season

Casey Torres
Created: December 04, 2020 02:15 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The City of Albuquerque’s senior centers and multicultural centers have been closed since March. It has been hard for some seniors because for most, it’s a friendship hub during the holidays.

"This pandemic has made the holiday season especially hard for folks because they can't have that interaction that they're normally used to or perhaps they don't have loved ones or friends that can be able to come and visit,” said Anna Sanchez, the Director of Senior Affairs.

Around this time, the Department of Senior Affairs would be looking for volunteers to spend time with seniors without families or those that are home bound.

That can’t happen happen now, but people can be there with them in spirit by writing a holiday letter.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring some joy and some happiness to some folks that really need it during this time,” said Sanchez.

People can call the Senior Information Line at (505)764-6400 to send the letters.

Another way to bring a smile to your senior is by having your child (1st through 5th grade) interview them over the phone. They can enter an essay through their APS school by Feb. 3. The essay template is here. It’s part of the 39th annual “A Senior I Know" essay contest. 
The Senior Affairs is also hosting itheir annual Senior Holiday Donation Drive.

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