Dec 16, 2016 by Matt Clinnard
Holiday season can be a depressing and lonely time for seniors. It is especially hard for those who are separated from their loved ones, or have recently lost friends or family members. Care at home providers in Longview, TX, could help your senior get through the holidays. Caregivers could help your loved one with errands, decorations for the holidays as well as preparing meals. They can also provide much needed companionship.
Care at home providers could listen to your senior loved one when they want to talk and encourage them to express what they are feeling about the holidays, good or bad. Seniors often get depressed because they feel they cannot participate in holiday planning the way they used to. You can help your loved one by asking them for a recipe and including them in the process. Holidays are meant to be spent with family, and family gathering could be a great remedy for seasonal depression. Dedicate a special night for everyone to get together for dinner, view a family video or even enjoy a game night.
If your loved one wants to get some presents for their family and friends, care at home providers could take them out to do their holiday shopping. If your parent has mobility problems, caregivers could help them shop online.
During the holidays it is important that seniors stay on as much of their normal schedule as possible including keeping up with their medication, getting enough sleep and eating regularly. Caregivers could make sure they keep up their strength during the holiday season. If your loved one is feeling the holiday blues, getting them out of the house could do the trick. Caregivers could take your loved one to a museum, movies, or go shopping.
Exercise is good for every aspect of your loved one’s life, even mood. Working out can be as effective as anti-depressants. There are plenty of exercises designed for the elderly to do at their level of ability taking any limited mobility and stamina into account. Yoga and Tai Chi are excellent low impact alternatives.
If your parent is feeling lonely, care at home providers recommend getting a pet. Having a manageable, low maintenance pet can provide not only a much needed distraction and companionship, but a sense that your parent can still love and care for another living thing. There is another simple way your parent can buffer themselves from the depression. They can carry photos of their loved ones and friends in their wallet.
Countless studies have demonstrated that people with strong social networks are more resilient to depression and anxiety, especially in their senior years. Your loved one could try out a book club, volunteering or taking a night class. According to a new study spending time online reduced depression by 20 percent in senior citizens. Increased Internet access enables them to connect with friends when face-to-face interaction becomes more difficult.
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