How to Help Your Loved One Enjoy the Holidays

12/16/2015

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Happy Holidays from Wink Martini over here at 2nd Family! You know, I love holidays and having friends and family in my house enjoying martinis with me. But I’ve noticed that my mom and pops tend to get a little blue this time of year. Maybe it’s because this reminds them that yet another year flew by. Or maybe they wish they could be relaxing on Florida beaches like they used to do for the Christmas break when I was little. Either way, I was looking for some ways to cheer them up, and here is what I came up with. Hopefully you will get some ideas to help you keep your loved one’s spirits up!

Bring them to the Parties

If you are visiting relatives this Christmas or inviting them to your place, make sure your parents are also involved in these festivities. They would probably love to see all of their grandkids and extended family they haven’t seen in a while. Offer to drive and have the dinner host send out an official invitation via mail if your folks make an excuse that they were not invited. Since most invites are exchanged online or via text messages these days, old-fashioned people may miss out on all the fun unless you call them, send a letter or notify them in person.

Help Them Volunteer

Volunteering is a very rewarding activity for everyone involved. It’s also an opportunity for your loved on to get out, talk to new people and feel a sense of purpose. There are usually numerous volunteer opportunities around the holidays from soup kitchens to event volunteering. Check with your local church, school system and senior centers to find a suitable volunteer opportunity for your loved one based on their talents and physical abilities.

Cut Down on Martinis

As much as I love martinis, when I am hanging out with my mom and pops we mostly drink healthy things like tea and orange juice. Although the doctor didn’t prohibit them from drinking alcohol, I don’t want to be the bad influence and make them feel like they should join me in what I’m drinking. Alcohol is a depressant, which means after the initial buzz and warmth it tends to bring people down. If your loved ones tend to overindulge in red wine, see if you can help them manage their drinking around the holidays to be in a better mood.

Let the Sunshine In

The short days and long nights alone can make anyone feel down. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real condition that affects thousand of people regardless of age and gender. Help your loved one see the light of day as much as possible by opening up curtains and taking walks. If you don’t have time to be with your loved one during the day, make sure you hire a senior caregiver who can take your place while you are at work. A caregiver can also make sure that your loved one gets their daily dose of vitamins to prevent a chemical imbalance.

Recognize the Signs of Depression

It’s one thing to be blue, but what you perceive as mere sadness or a bad mood may actually be the signs of depression. Depression is fairly common in seniors and can be dangerous, leading to thoughts of death or suicide. Signs of depression include things like loss of appetite, insomnia, loss of interest, fatigue, etc. If you think your loved one may be depressed, refer to your primary care practitioner for recommended treatment. Sometimes, depression can be caused by ongoing pain or discomfort, which can often be remedied with the right medication.

I hope you and your elderly loved ones end up enjoying this holiday season and many more! And if you ever need the assistance of a professional caregiver, you know you can always rely on 2nd Family for senior care in Maryland!

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