Posted on Dec 04, 2015
Senior Depression and the Holidays and In Home Help
It’s not uncommon to experience some form of the blues during the holiday season. The days are shorter and the nights are longer and colder. For those who typically live an active lifestyle, the sometimes unfavorable driving conditions can be very limiting. Some people become housebound during the winter months and activities seem to drive to a halt. Some families live a long distance from their elderly loved ones and the distance becomes more apparent during the winter months. Senior depression around the holidays is very real and can pose some problems for an elderly loved one.
Some ways to ward of senior depression is to invite an elderly loved one out to local tree-lighting ceremonies when available. Take them on a drive to see the festively decorated neighborhoods around town. Offer to drive and help out with holiday shopping and make an afternoon of conversation and fun.
If your elderly loved one is unable to venture out from the home for long periods of time, bring the holiday to them. Simple artificial tabletop Christmas trees can be purchased almost anywhere. Bring along a few ornaments, set up some lights on an automatic timer, and your loved one can experience the holidays in their home without much hassle. Familiar old holiday classics begin replaying on TV and would be a wonderful way for a senior loved one to bond with grandchildren over hot chocolate while watching together.
Some families live a long distance from an elderly loved one, and being around to help with holiday shopping, let alone household chores is difficult. Without assistance to get into the holiday spirit, or help with daily tasks like laundry and tidying up so time can be better spent on festivities can really dampen a loved one’s mood. This is when in home help from the compassionate and highly trained caregivers from Senior Helpers of Chattanooga becomes especially useful. Not only will a dependable caregiver drop in for a couple of hours a day to help out with your loved one’s daily chores, but they will also make sure there are healthy meals prepared when needed, and that they are reminded of medications when necessary. In home help is a wonderful gift to ward off senior depression with companionship and also give you and your family peace of mind.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home care for seniors, along with the many benefits of professional live in care for the elderly, or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Chattanooga to speak to a senior care specialist today 423-710-1500! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care 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 Chattanooga provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Ooltewah, Signal Mountain, and surrounding areas.