Keeping Senior Spirits Up This Holiday Season


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They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for many, the holidays can be lonely and sad at times.

This can be especially true for seniors who may have endured the loss of a loved one, or are experiencing physical or emotional difficulties that make it hard for them to recapture the joy of holiday seasons past. The cold weather and shorter days can contribute to their sense of melancholy.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for holiday depression, there are some things that might help.

  • Often, one of the best gifts to give a senior is quality time together. Offering to help write holiday cards together, inviting them over to decorate or just spending a few hours reminiscing can go a long way toward boosting their morale.
  • If your senior is no longer able to participate in certain holiday traditions, try modifying them or creating new ones. For example, they may not be able to stand on their feet as long as they used to for holiday cooking and baking, but they can stay seated to decorate cookies.
  • Help a senior in your life set up Skype or FaceTime to connect with faraway relatives and friends over the holidays.
  • Sometimes, helping others is the best way to help ourselves. If a senior you know is feeling blue over the holidays, encourage them to do something in the community, such as visiting other seniors who may be isolated this holiday season, sending cards to deployed military personnel, or reading at a local school. Here are some other ways that seniors can give back.
  • While many seniors will benefit from spending time with loved ones and participating in holiday activities, sometimes they just need a little space. Try not to push it if your senior is sending a clear message that they don’t want to do something – even if you think it will cheer them up. Instead, try to meet them where they are… or at least halfway.

For more information about the well-being of seniors, please contact Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon at (541) 330-6400.


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