While the idea of Thanksgiving and the bright lights of the December holidays can bring about sentiments of merriment for some, there is the underlying pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The reality is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season, and elders are no exception.
As people age, things that were once familiar, constant, and comfortable in life might abruptly change. People move away, pass away, and inevitably, this can affect even the healthiest and strongest individuals.
If you believe that your parent, friend, or neighbor may be depressed, there is a wide array of options. From small acts of kindness to more permanent solutions, we are offering 5 tips to make a change of positive impact.
5 Tips Towards Improving the Holidays for Elders
- Let’s start with what we think is the MOST important thing you can do during the holidays with elders. Spend time with them. Listen to what they have to say and be the listening ears they need.
- If you sense that your loved one is depressed you can reach out to their religious affiliated organization or local spiritual groups that might have arranged social service programs in place for elders in their communities.
- Invite them to holiday gatherings. Even if they can’t go, it’s nice to be remembered.
- Arrange a time to get together and make a holiday inspired craft. This gives elders a chance to exercise both fine & gross motor skills plus it stimulates the brain and leaves everyone with a keepsake! (We have suggestions on our pinterest page)
- If you sense that someone needs a higher level of care in their home, look in your area for home care companies that can provide companionship, homemaking, transportation services, etc. all year round. This can elongate someone’s life span and improve their quality of life.
Do what you can to help your aging loved one feel involved and get into the holiday spirit!