It’s official – it’s December and we can now talk about Christmas! Spending time with loved ones, planning the menu for the big day and finding the perfect gifts for friends and family - there's so much about the season that is exciting and enjoyable.
One thing in particular that has received a lot of festive attention in the last few years has been the new John Lewis Christmas advert, which John Lewis was rumoured to have spent up to £7 million on this year.
The advert shows a young girl who spots an old man living a lonely and sad existence on the moon. As the festive season approaches, she makes it her mission to send him a gift for Christmas.
With dementia, elder care and concerns around our aging population in the headlines on a regular basis, it was a timely choice for John Lewis to partner with Age Scotland to produce this sensitive and touching piece.
While being a commercial advert, the message within it is an important one to those of us who have older family members, friends and neighbours.
For many older people, Christmas especially can be a particularly lonely time. It’s always important to be reminded of this, and to ensure we make time for the older members of society, appreciate, respect and protect them.
But a reminder at Christmas isn’t all we need. While presents are lovely, there are more practical but arguably significantly more impactful ways we can show them that we care.
Ensuring that our aging relatives have the necessary precautions in place to lead an independent life for as long as possible. Safeguarding their assets against future infirmities. Making provisions now to ensure the best possible care for when they are no longer able to manage on their own. These are the real gifts which we should all look to give to our friends, relatives – and ourselves – as we get older.
Now is the time to support and encourage people that we know to consider putting in place a Power of Attorney, and reviewing their care needs either for now or for the future, and to review their affairs to make sure they have a Will which ensures their loved ones are looked after.
Tessa Till is our Lateryears specialist. If you would like to learn more about our Lateryears services, or how services such as Wills, Powers of Attorney or Trusts can benefit aging relatives, contact her on 0131 624 6814 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org