Beating the Holiday Blues

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. While the holidays are a time for connecting with family and friends, for many seniors, it’s a reminder of loss and loneliness.

Remember, you are not alone. Showing you care doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Something as simple as a personal visit, sending a card, sharing a meal, or calling a few times a week can make a senior feel loved and cared for. Let’s beat the holiday blues together and make this season a truly joyous occasion:

Statistics show that over half a million seniors over the age of 75 will spend Christmas alone.

Stay Connected  

If you live near family and friends, stay connected to them. If you experience feelings of loneliness, find ways to be a part of the holiday season. Churches, gyms, and community centers are great places to meet others, while services like Jibbr also keep you connected to those who care about your well-being by providing meaningful conversations.

Drink in Moderation

Who doesn’t love spiked egg nog or apple cider with a “bit of cheer”? Be festive, but be smart. Remember, alcohol is a depressant, which can help trigger feelings of loneliness and isolation. Have a toast or two or three with family and friends, but remember how it can impact your well-being.

Monitor Medications

If you, or a senior you care about, are enjoying a few libations over the holidays, ensure you keep an eye on your intake of alcohol and how it interacts with any medication. If you utilize a service like Jibbr to help with medication reminders, remind the service or your nurse and/or caretaker of any changes to your daily routine. With all the festivities, many seniors even forget to take their medication, so remain diligent.

Combat Isolation

Help to combat isolation in others. If you see family or friends, especially other seniors, who seem depressed or sad during the season, take a moment to just connect with them, cheer them up, spark a conversation, or do a good deed. Share a memory or two…a bit of warmth can go a long way. Spending time with others goes both ways, as a senior or even a caregiver, you can help improve your own well-being simply by helping another improve theirs.

According to the NIH: “Depression and loneliness are considered to be the major problems leading to impaired quality of life among elderly persons. At the same time, old age can also be an opportunity for making new friends and developing new interests.”

One of the most important things you can do with a senior is to make them feel loved and included. Take some time to share memories, watch movies, or engage in simple conversation to boost the spirit. Don’t let another elder spend the holidays alone. Help beat the holiday blues by connecting and showing you care.