Some of the things we love most about the holiday season can make it a stressful time as we get older. While the focus on family, traditions, and beloved memories normally brings us joy, it can cause feelings of melancholy in older adults. If you’re celebrating the holidays with a senior who may be at risk for holiday blues, follow these tips to help minimize the negative impact of holiday stressors on their mood during this season.
Every family has its own set of traditions that make the holiday season special. Typically, those traditions involve the whole extended family gathering under one roof for the holidays. When a member of your family is in assisted living or memory care, that might not be possible. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up holiday traditions when a loved one moves to assisted living. Holiday traditions remain as important as ever. They might just look a little different.
Considering how closely we link the holidays with family time, it’s remarkable how easy it is for quality family time to get overshadowed by the busyness involved in actually hosting family gatherings. For older family members who may be hard of hearing or less mobile, it can be especially hard to feel like they’re getting quality family time during the holidays.
Reading is one of the best activities for exercising the mind and preventing Alzheimer’s. Unfortunately, because older eyes tend to have a harder time reading the small text in many books, seniors can find reading to themselves challenging.
Staying active and getting out into the world outside their community is important for seniors living in assisted living. Outings are also an opportunity for seniors and caregivers to spend some quality time together. However, as abilities and circumstances change, it can be challenging to find outings that match a senior’s energy levels. To help, we’ve put together a list of everyday outing ideas for you and your loved one.
National Grandparents Day is coming up this weekend on Sunday, September 10. Not sure how to celebrate Grandparents Day with grandparents in assisted living? You’ve come to the right place. We have five great ways to make grandparents feel loved and appreciated this Grandparents Day.