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Tips for Reducing the Winter Blues in Seniors

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Here are a few ideas on how to lift your elderly loved ones’ spirits this holiday season and beyond

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Tips for Reducing the Winter Blues in Seniors

  1. 1. Tips for Reducing the Winter Blues
  2. 2. The holiday season is know to be a joyous time of cheer. A chance toreconnect with loved ones, give and receive gifts and reflect on whatmeans most to you.It’s a chance to take time off work and relax with a cup of egg nog andmaybe a cookie or two.
  3. 3. For seniors, however, holidays may elevate feelings of nostalgia andmelancholy that can lead to sadness.This brings out depression, which is amplified during the months ofNovember, December and January. Seniors are especially susceptible tofeelings of isolation and depression because of health and money issues oreven the loss of a spouse or other loved one.
  4. 4. It can be as simple as the sadness of growing old. They could beexcluded from travel while others get together, which intensifiesthe feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  5. 5. The American Geriatrics Society recommends seniors volunteer at alocal charity organization, attend parties and have family and friendsvisit throughout the season.Also, stay away from alcohol, a natural depressant which only makesmatters worse. Talking through your feelings with loved one can relievestress and determine if professional attention is needed.
  6. 6. Here are a few ideas on how to lift your elderly loved ones’ spirits this holiday season and beyond:……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  7. 7. 1. Play a favorite game or spend time cooking a special meal.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  8. 8. 2. Lend a hand addressing holiday cards to friends and family is a great way to stay connected with distant loved ones.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  9. 9. 3. Have a sing-a-long to sing their favorite songs.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  10. 10. 4. Bake together.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  11. 11. 5. Drive through town at night to notice festive lights and other decorations.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  12. 12. 6. Go through old photos and help them to assemble a scrapbook of all their most cherished memories.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  13. 13. 7. Share past memories, which emphasizes your interest in them.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  14. 14. 8. Watch old home movies to reminisce.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  15. 15. 9. Take a walk around the neighborhood if weather allows.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  16. 16. 10. Buy some painting canvases and do a painting activity together and hang your art around their home. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….
  17. 17. It’s important to note depression is much more serious and long termthan sadness.Signs of depression include persistent sadness, uncontrollable crying, a lossof pleasure in your favorite activities, restlessness, fatigue, feelings ofworthlessness or guilt and thoughts of death or suicide.
  18. 18. Remember, the blues can be defeated. By simply spending timetogether, it will lift holiday spirits and inspire feelings of peace andhappiness.……………………………………………………………………………………………….
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