Christmas time is here. We hope it brings happiness and cheer to each of you!
The holiday season can bring many unexpected things. Some good, some not so good. As healthcare providers caring for seniors, we are sadly aware that some older adults feel especially lonely and detached at this time of year. Increased anxiety and stress are common.
Loved ones who once played a huge role in holiday traditions and activities may have passed away or moved away. Even when family and friends are near, seniors and the elderly often report feeling forgotten at this time of year.
Risk factors that can compound feelings of forgottenness include: healthcare challenges, lack of transportation, impaired mobility, untreated hearing or vision loss, and limited opportunity for social interaction.
Please join us in our commitment to include and encourage seniors this holiday season. We hope the following holiday stress-management tips prove helpful:
Visit, call, or video chat often!
Make a weekly commitment to spend time with an older adult this holiday season. There’s no better way to demonstrate that you care. Remind them that they are important to you and that the holidays wouldn’t be complete without them.
Encourage social activity and engagement!
The value of human interaction cannot be overstated. Do a little research to discover religious, civic, or community opportunities. Hobbies that are tailored to their interests and talents might also be good options.
Listen and then be willing to follow their lead!
Ask your senior loved one about their preferred holiday traditions and activities. Perhaps they’d like to watch treasured holiday movies or share special recipes, crafts, ornaments, or photos with friends and family.