The holiday season is here, and families are feeling joyful and looking forward to all the get togethers and time spent with each other! However, for some seniors who are in senior care, the holiday season can cause feelings of isolation and depression while the rest of the family is getting ready to celebrate.
But you can help!
Get your senior feeling loved and included for many seasons to come by reading our tips below, and Happy Holidays!
Remember the Past Traditions
Many times, it can be wonderful to just remember the old days and reminisce. If you do this with your senior this holiday season, you can help improve their spirits!
Gather up old items like family photos and home videos from past celebrations and go through them with your senior and the family. Sharing memories and reminiscing can be a powerful tool that will help alleviate any feelings of loneliness your seniors may have.
Create New Holiday Traditions
It could be time to create some new holiday traditions for your senior in senior care that work better for their lifestyle! Read on below for a couple of examples…
Go to them. Does your senior live in an assisted living facility or have trouble leaving their home? If so, plan a family event that brings the holidays – and the family – to them! These little get-togethers will work wonders for you loved one’s mood this season.
Plan easy activities. For your senior who can no longer participate in any meticulous or physical holiday activities, try out some new traditions, like crafting holiday décor or baking cookies!
Virtual Holiday Inclusivity
If your senior is in senior care and lives further away from the family, there are still many ways you can make them feel included during the family celebrations. You can get creative and set up a livestream or video booth at the family parties, where your senior will get to virtually sit in on the festivities and chat with family members all night long.
If your senior isn’t up to virtual idea, you can also plan a post-event party at your senior’s home or facility. Recreate the atmosphere of the family event with photos and videos of the celebration and by inviting other family members, too!
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