Many hardships can sometimes be associated with growing old, and those hardships can become especially difficult during the holiday season. Seniors need love and support, and a special need exists for senior companionship during the holiday season.
The year-end holidays are usually associated with being joyous and festive, but seniors can easily be left out of that cheer. For some, the season becomes a time of sadness and isolation – particularly if loved ones and family members are either far away or fail to notice that depressed state. When you think an elderly loved one is acting strange or withdrawn, you are not imagining things – they are probably becoming depressed.
Numerous reasons exist for this occurrence:
In addition, clinical depression is a major problem among older people, with an estimated 7 million retirees suffering from the disorder. The problem can be worse during holiday seasons. For some of those elderly people, senior companionship could ease the loneliness.
The solution to these problems is straightforward: be aware of the emotional state of any seniors in your life and do your best to make them part of your holiday festivities. Bring them to events, even if special transport is required. In the event they are unable to travel, consider hosting a holiday get-together at their place. Show them love and attention, so the risk of loneliness is lower.
You could also try volunteering to help the elderly in your community. You could donate presents, food, or your time by visiting with older people who have no one else to talk to. Just contact a nearby nursing home or food bank and they will undoubtedly have suggestions for how you can help.
When you have an older loved one and care is becoming difficult, we can help. We specialize in senior in-home care, allowing your senior loved ones to live as independently as possible, while making day-to-day living easier. Contact us today.