Experiencing the loss of people we have loved is a difficult reality of aging. Older adults may dread the holiday season without their spouse or lifelong companions. They may be suffering through this season that is supposed to be filled with cheer.
Festive holiday gatherings may produce additional grieving. Traditions like holiday shopping, decorating, or other simple things can create increased sadness and loneliness.
First, allow brokenhearted adults time to heal without feeling pressured to participate in events if they’re not ready.
Sad feelings, grief, and loneliness may be worsened during the holidays. Remind the older adult that this is normal and that gatherings and activities which were meant to be joyful may bring up sorrowful feelings instead. It may be helpful for the aging adult to remember and accept these emotions as normal.
Figure out which holiday traditions are the most challenging for your aging friend or relative, then connect with his or her social circle or family in advance so they’re able to be more supportive.
People who are grieving still need to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. It can help!
Commemorating a loved one by donating to a charity or volunteering at a non-profit organization can help. New holiday traditions can be created.
Reaffirm to your loved one that it’s alright to ask for help and even expected! Perhaps there are helpful friends, family, neighbors, and other support in the community that may have been forgotten.
Comfort Keepers® offers quality companionship during the difficulty of the holiday season. Professional care can help your loved one with emotional, as well as physical, healing. With Comfort Keepers®, older adults can have a bond with their caregivers, which gives them a meaningful relationship again. At the same time, they are safer, happier, and able to remain in their own home.
Caregivers can help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, and transportation to appointments or events. During the holiday season, they can even help with decorating or gift shopping. Call us today to talk to one of our experts about our home care services. Don’t forget to ask about our free in-home consultation!
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