Happy Holidays with Seniors

With Christmas just around the corner, it seems as though everyone has begun their preparations for the Holidays. Some bake holiday goodies, some put up festive lights, and some begin shopping for friends and family. Unfortunately–with the joy that the season can bring–comes cabin fever, a longing for companionship, and seasonal depression. Seniors are especially susceptible to the symptoms of seasonal depression(also called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD), making it our goal, as a senior living facility, to defend our residents and loved one from the holiday blues. But how? The National Care Planning Council website provides a list of ideas for warding off SAD in Seniors. Some of these ideas include; 

  • Making holiday cookies – Including distribution to neighbors, family, and friends.
  • Church Activities – If you or an elderly person is a church goer, churches are filled with holiday activities that are always in need of volunteers.
  • Caroling
  • Decorating – Decorating a house can be time consuming; pulling out all the boxes and going through years of decorations. Get the kids involved and make a day of it.
  • Holiday Parties
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Volunteering – Remember to find something that fits the physical limitations of the elderly person. Visit a children’s hospital or feed the homeless. 
  • Gift Making – Making gifts and being thrifty is the new Rolex of gifts, go on Pinterest and find some easy crafts or projects. Their blog will contain cost effective and fun gifts you can make during the season.
  • Having a dance or a talent show – Keeping the kids and the elderly person busy, you can organize something easy and offer a fun prize.
  • Ballet – This is a beautiful night out that any old soul can appreciate.
  • A New Haircut or Shave
  • Fresh Air and Sunshine – Cold or warm, sunshine and fresh air is good for the soul, it also helps with Vitamin D.

Try as we might as caregivers to love and comfort our dear residents when they are afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder, the most impactful and positive difference to be seen is of the families of our residents. We encourage everyone to spend time with their elderly loved ones during the holidays and spread a little holiday cheer to those in need. Happy Holidays from Bel Aire Senior Living!


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