Brighten the Holidays for Your Senior

The holiday season is in full swing! Parties are being planned. Holiday visits scheduled. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the ones we love as we reflect on the past year and await a new one.

For many seniors, though, being happy during the holidays can be a struggle - especially if they are far away from family members. Fortunately, there are many activities and strategies for giving your beloved senior a sense of holiday joy.

Many seniors do not recognize their loneliness or the health problems that feeling lonely can cause. As a result, few will voice their need for additional support.

Look for these signs of loneliness among seniors:

  • Under or oversleeping
  • Withdrawal from existing relationships
  • Combativeness or moodiness
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety over change or visitors leaving
  • Lack of interest in normal passions
  • Decreased attention to self-care

Nostalgia, memories of lost loved ones, and distance from family can all contribute to the holiday blues. With a little planning, you can brighten the holiday the season for your senior.

Add cheer to seasonal loneliness with strategies like these:

  • Display holiday cards and greetings
  • Set up decorations with seniors
  • Help seniors make video calls to loved ones
  • Sign seniors up for in-house visits by carolers or other holiday volunteers

Source: Clear Care