With Christmas fast approaching, we are all getting ready to have a joyous time with our families and celebrate together. The presents, decorations and celebrations are something that we look forward to the whole year. While you are celebrating, make sure not to forget your elderly loved ones during holidays.
Reducing Loneliness for Elders During the Holidays is an important thing to do to make sure that your loved one does not suffer from depression or fast decline right after the holidays.
During this time of year, it can be easy for many people to feel isolated and lonely during this Christmas season. Elderly people can especially have a hard time during the holiday season. At times, it brings back memories that are hard for them to remember like past Christmas' in their own homes, Christmas traditions and healthier times in their lives. By living locally to your loved one, you can help make a difference in their mood by simplifying Christmas and focusing on what really is important.
Below are some helpful tips that you can do to cheer up your loved one.
- Listen and understand when they want to talk, even if it is negative. They may be depressed during this time of year while feeling lonely so just be there for them so they have someone to talk to. If they are down, make sure that you do your best to stay positive with them and show them empathy. Try to put yourself in their place.
- Remind them how important they are to you and your family. You want to let them know that they are a big part of the celebrations and that you want them to come join you. Be especially careful that you do not act like what you do for them is a duty and that you are happy they are there. It is important to remind them that they are loved and that they are not forgotten.
- Holiday Cards can be a helpful way to brighten their spirits. By sending out cards to their friends or other loved ones it can help them recognize what they are grateful for that time of year. They can also enjoy seeing pictures of those they haven't seen for a while.
- Help them see that you are trying to simplify the holidays in order to bring back the real meaning of the celebrations. We do not want our elderly loved ones to seem overwhelmed or stressed out by all the celebrating so make it simple. Just show them that it is the people that you are with who count and to enjoy it. They may be overwhelmed with the amount of activities so make sure you include them in the ones that will not be too difficult on them.
- Include them in Christmas programs, especially if their grandchildren are involved. Nothing will make a grandparent more proud than seeing their grandchildren on stage. If they are in a facility or at home, you can see if there are any local schools putting on Christmas performances. Little children's presence can help brighten a day for any elder.
- Decorate their room/house. This will help lighten any mood for anyone if they have Christmas decorations displayed around their room/house. Put a little tree up for them and show some meaningful ornaments that they will love. Just turn the Christmas music up and enjoy your time together. Take the time to look at holiday photos or videos so they can take a walk down memory lane.
Most of all, just enjoy each others company and the time you will spend with each other. Nothing will mean more than the memories that will last you a lifetime. Just enjoy your holidays and make that extra effort for your elderly loved ones and have a marry Christmas together!
We found some of our information at Aging.com.