Twinkling lights. Holiday gatherings. Homemade food. Cheerful music.
The holidays can be a time for gatherings and fun with family and friends. But they can also lead to stress and sadness for many people, especially seniors.
Missing friends and loved ones may make it difficult to enjoy the season. Combined with colder weather and snow, it’s easy to feel isolated this time of year.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make your loved one feel better this holiday season.
One of the best ways for seniors to feel at home is to be together with family. Keep those traditions going and you’ll feel a sense of comfort and belonging.
If you are far away from a loved one this holiday season, try to arrange a phone call or skype session. If hearing difficulties make a long phone call challenging, deliver a nice holiday care package and a handwritten letter. It’s truly the thought that counts, and making the effort to be together makes all the difference.
Adjust Traditions as Needed
For some seniors, large groups can be overwhelming. You may need to adjust a typically large family gathering into a series of small get-togethers, for example. Remember that, as important as traditions are, they’re not the real reason for the celebrations. Reducing stress over gifts, food, and decorations can make the day more carefree.
Don’t Be Afraid to Decorate
If your loved one is in a long-term care facility, you can help them add decorations to their room or living space. Favorite family ornaments or a decorative floor pillow can add cheer to any room. Just make sure there are no potential safety hazards.
Get Out and About
Cold weather may be tempting your loved one to stay inside, but taking advantage of community events can keep them from feeling alone this winter.
If your loved one lives in a senior living community, there is likely an entire span of holiday events planned just for them. SilverCreek on Main’s senior living community has a whole calendar of holiday events this month, including music performances, shopping shuttles, a holiday party, Christmas movie showings and fireside chats with coffee and cookies. Visit our website for more information.