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Supporting older family members during the holidays

Shannan Mosley

Director and CEO 

Lots Of Love Home Care Agency, LLC

2800 Glades Circle

Suite # 128

Weston, FL 33327

954-500-LOVE (5683)

Lotsoflovehomecare.com

 

The holiday season is a time for joy and happiness. Loved ones and families come together to celebrate, enjoy each other, and bond. We plan out our favorite family traditions, meals, and are excited about making great new memories. For our older relatives, the holidays may not feel the same. Seniors may find the holidays to be more challenging than any other time of year. Due to physical limitations, reliance on other people, and financial constraints, our older relatives often may feel inadequate or burdensome. When alone during the holiday season many, reminisce about the traditions they cherished and enjoyed. Naturally, they miss their friends and family, especially the ones that have passed away. It is easy for the holiday blues to turn into something more serious. The National Institute of Mental Health states, “More than 2 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from some form of depression.” While it is easy for life’s distractions to dominate our lives, we must keep the family matriarchs and patriarchs in our minds.

During this pandemic, it may prove to be incredibly challenging to spend time with our loved ones. Here are a few tips to include your family members holiday seasons festivities:

• Send a Holiday card and photos of your family along with a note, letting our loved ones know how much they mean to you.

• Schedule a video call to virtually include them in a holiday tradition that you have enjoyed with them in the past. 

• If you can, pick them up and take them to enjoy family and friends in an outdoor setting.

• Include some of their favorite recipes in the holiday meal, even if they can’t attend.

• Contact a Home Care Agency to request companion care so that these vital family members do not have to spend the holidays alone.

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