Uncategorized | December 17, 2018
Experiencing the loss of loved ones is one of the most difficult aspects of aging. Therefore, elderly adults, who have lost many friends and family members may find themselves dreading the holiday season as they miss their spouse or companions. Seniors may suffer through a season which is supposedly filled with joy.
Festive family gatherings may generate additional sadness. Traditions of shopping, decorating, or addressing holiday cards can promote increased sadness and loneliness.
Would you like to help your loved ones who are sad at this time of year? Consider the following tips:
First, learn which family events may be the most difficult for the aging adult. This way, you can connect with his or her family or friends in advance, and ask them to be supportive.
Allow brokenhearted older adults ample healing time without pressure to attend events if they’re still not ready.
Let your loved one know that their sad feelings, grief, or loneliness are normal and may be worsened during the holidays. Remind them it can be helpful to consider this in advance because this may help them feel prepared and strong enough to endure the season without as much difficulty.
Keep in mind that grieving adults still need to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. It helps!
Create a new tradition, rather than repeating the old ones. Commemorate a lost loved one by volunteering with a non-profit organization or donating to a charity.
Let your grieving loved one know that he or she can ask for help. Remind them of friends, family, neighbors, and others in the community who may have been forgotten but could offer excellent support.
Hired caregivers from Comfort Keepers® offer quality companionship during the holiday season. Having professionally trained care provides your loved one with faster emotional and physical healing. Older adults can have a meaningful bond with Comfort Keepers® caregivers. They’re also more likely to be safe, happy, and live independently in their own home.
Caregivers can assist with cooking meals, housekeeping, errands, and transportation to appointments or events. During the holidays, they can even decorate and help with gift shopping. Contact us today to ask for information on compassionate care for your loved one.