Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
It’s easy to get wrapped up in all the gifts that the holiday season brings – parties, festive decorations and rich recipes. These distractions make it easy to miss when an elderly loved one may need an adjustment in care. In this month’s blog, we’ll discuss a few tips on how to keep ourselves and our loved ones happy and healthy during the holidays.
Fighting the Holiday Blues
Feelings of isolation, disappointments, stress, shorter days and colder weather can cloud a time when social norms say everyone should be happy. For many seniors, the holidays can be tough. Why?
Christmas Past: Memories can be nice but oftentimes these reminders of the past make them long for their younger years. If a close friend or loved one has died, they can also feel very lonely during the holidays.
Financial Stress: Several senior citizens live on a fixed income. This prevents them from being able to provide the amount of gifts that they were able to in the past.
Celebratory Limitations: Limited mobility hinders movement and makes them feel that they can’t fully celebrate like they want.
When combined, these factors can lead to sadness during the holidays; taking joy from the festive season. While these challenges may not be avoidable, keeping in touch and encouraging open communication can help us all navigate the holiday blues.