Is there an elderly person in your family or neighborhood that seems to be keeping to themselves more than usual? Do you find yourself wondering how they are doing more often? According to the American Medical Resource Institute, “Approximately 6 million people over 65 are depressed. But unfortunately, few seek treatment. Chronic health issues, feelings of loneliness, and loss of loved ones can exacerbate feelings of depression and make the holidays a very difficult time for some seniors.” Many older adults feel more isolated as their children have their own families and jobs. They may be living alone and retired. They may feel their world shrinking as a result of physical and mobility issues combined with social isolation.
So how do you reach out to these valuable members of your family or neighborhood without making them feel uncomfortable? You’re very busy yourself! When you make dinner for yourself, make a little more for the elderly person in your life, and knock on their door! Soup is always a hit!
Here are five ways you can help the elderly family member, or neighbor, get more enjoyment from the holiday season:
If you are unable to include the elderly person in your holiday activities due to your own circumstances, don’t feel bad! You have your own commitments and though you would like to see them, before you know it the day is gone!
Please contact the senior assistance service professionals at Lifestyle Management of Colorado, LLC. We work with seniors every day, and it is our job to assist the elderly we serve in feeling a sense of well-being and contentment, especially during the holidays! We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all the people we serve.