There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The reality, however, is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time.
While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors face. Loved ones and friends fall ill and pass away. Energy and mobility levels often decrease, resulting in feelings of lost independence and opportunities. Neighborhoods change over time, leaving even those well enough to remain in their own homes feeling lonely. The focus on family, friends and togetherness during this time of year can actually bring melancholy feelings to the forefront.
The most important thing you can do with a senior to make them feel loved and included this season is to spend time with them. Regardless of what you decide to do together, any time you can spare is a precious gift. Q Parker and friends have been doing this very thing for many years.
It was a great pleasure and humbling experience for Empower Magazine to be in attendance on Tuesday evening, Dec.11 2017 at Q Parker’s of the R&B group “112” 5th annual christmas caroling event that his foundation “the Q Parker Legacy” hosts.The event was held at the Atlanta Marriott in Buckhead, among Q Parker’s friends that performed were Kelly Price, Keke Wyatt, Sharon Moore, Marleen Thomas, Syleena Johnson, Glamour Girls Atl, Zebulon Ellis, Ann Connor, Day 26, Montell Jordan, Algebra Blessett, Ted Winn, Kermit Quinn, Gary “Lil G” Jenkins of R&B 90’s group “Silk”and more. The Seniors in attendance were elated to be honored and entertained as they sang along with the celebrity carolers. This event was an amazing act of kindness shown by Q Parker especially since he hosts these kinds of “giving back” community events all year round they’re definitely something to be celebrated. Q Parker’s upcoming community events in Atlanta, Ga. can be located on his foundation website.