The holidays are a time of joy for most but can also bring up feelings of sadness and depression for others. Seniors, more so than younger people, are vulnerable to depression around the holidays. This is often due to the loss of dear friends and family members. Seniors may be thinking of and missing these people that they celebrated holidays with in the past. If you have a senior in your family dealing with feelings of loss around the holidays, there are ways to help them that are supportive. These ideas from agingcare.com are a helpful place to start. Choose something that is right for your senior loved one.

  • Placing the person's picture in a place of prominence
  • Lighting a memorial candle
  • Making a photo album of previous holidays to focus on positive memories
  • Setting aside a time so that everyone who wants to can share a memory or a funny story about the deceased
  • Toasting your loved one
  • Going to church or synagogue
  • Volunteering to help those in need

If you are a caregiver assisting a senior that does not have family nearby to celebrate the holidays with, consider attending community holiday events with them. Some local happenings are:

MORRO BAY

 

 

 

 

Annual Winter Faire

November 19-December 27 | Noon-4pm 
Art Center Morro Bay

The Art Center in Morro Bay has a creative outlet for you to shop this holiday season. Browse paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, holiday items and handmade accessories - find them! 

A Christmas Sampler  
December 24 | 4pm  
St. Peter’s by the Sea, 545 Shasta Avenue
Christmas is a time to share traditions and stories.  Join us at 4pm in the church for a warm witty hour of Yuletide stories and verse.  Followed by “Carol Songs” and a Festival service including our choir. 

PISMO BEACH

Monarch Butterfly Grove
December-January

View the monarch butterflies in the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove. Daily talks happen at 11am and 2pm, weather permitting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY DINNERS

In the North County, the Paso Robles Inn is having a Christmas Buffet. Click here for more info.

In the South County, the Madonna Inn is having a special holiday menu. Click here for more info.

The Apple Farm in SLO is serving Christmas Dinner. Click here for more info.

Senior Helpers has compassionate caregivers available to help during the holidays. Our caregivers can assist seniors dealing with grief and loss and help keep their spirits up by providing companionship. Caregivers are also available to help with transportation needs to family gatherings and events during the holidays. In-home senior care and in-home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of San Luis Obispo County provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Cambria, and surrounding areas. Visit www.seniorhelpers.com/sanluisobispo for more information.

 

Article Sources:
https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/coping-with-death-during-holidays-108018.htm
http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/search?start_date=2015-12-23&end_date=2015-12-30&search=true

 




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