Tips for Seniors During The Holiday Season

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Posted: 12/14/2012 2:42 PM by Interim HealthCare
At Interim HealthCare of Eau Claire our concern for you goes beyond what is expected. We know the holiday’s can be a challenge for a number of reasons. The holidays are stressful for everyone, with travel, family and a list of things to do, it can be very overwhelming. But for Seniors the holiday stress can have added meaning. From how to handle travel if traveling is difficult for them, uprooted routines, and even depression can be triggered by the holidays. Our goal is to keep you safe, healthy and happy during it. Here are some ideas.

*Try to keep familiarity of faces
While the holidays can be a happy time aspects of the holidays can bring sadness to many seniors who have lost loved ones. Whether it’s with friends, family or caregivers surrounding yourself, or your senior loved one with familiar faces can ease anxiety.  Be sure to not isolate yourself or an elderly loved one. Keeping some of those familiar faces around makes a world of difference, talk to your senior loved one you may find they really want to share their memories of holiday’s past.

*Keep a set schedule
Try to plan ahead of time your activities and how they may affect you as a senior or your senior loved one. If you or your senior companion wears out easily limit the number of activities and or the length of them. If it’s a long family filled fun day see if you can make sure there will be a room available that you can take a nap in.  Just keeping in mind as your planning activities how it affects them is key.

*Keep expenses to a minimum
Most seniors are on a fixed budget so being sensitive of this is important. Or, if you are the senior on the budget be okay with setting a budget and stick to it. It sounds obvious but it’s so easy to get caught up in the season and not pay attention to expenses that can put extra stress on your senior loved one.

*Be Sensitive
If you are visiting someone who may be struggling now with recalling things it’s important to not ask them, ‘Don’t you remember?’ they truly don’t.  But they do recognize that they should be by your response.  Just like you wouldn’t ask a senior who uses a walker to climb a flight of stairs don’t ask your loved one who might be struggling to try to remember something they can’t.

*Beat the Blues
S.A.D (or Seasonal Affective Disorder) is an illness brought on by lack of sunlight. So it’s important if you or your senior loved one is confined indoors to make and extra effort or time for activities that will increase their exposure to sunlight. Even if it’s sitting out at a park or a stroll in the neighborhood, every little bit helps.
Sometimes our seniors can get lost in the shuffle and chaos of the holiday season and or family gatherings. Just remember to be sensitive to their needs, plan ahead and think about how to include them.  It’s important to remember that even though they might be older they’re still very much a person so include them in your conversations your prep of a meal (even if their task is small) and they will love and appreciate you for it.
Do you have a senior loved one who may be lonely  this holiday season  but you’re out of the area? Or maybe they just need a little extra support. Whatever your family or seniors needs may be at Interim HealthCare Eau Claire we are here to help you. Please contact us for more information.


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