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How to Manage Post-Holiday Stress in You & Your Aging Loved One

For many older adults, the holidays are a stark reminder of lost loved ones and/or the inability to be with family and friends.

The good news, though, is that there are ways you and your aging loved one can overcome these common holiday challenges and celebrate together.

Shift The Focus
Family is at the center of the holiday season for most people. And it’s no different for older adults. However, seniors are therefore more likely to have lost loved ones. This can make the holiday season a less-than-jolly time.

It can help to honor his or her lost loved one(s) in a meaningful way. You and your loved one can do so by, for example, holding a candle-lighting ceremony or continuing a timeless tradition.

This can help shift your aging loved one’s focus from loss and loneliness to the reason for the season: the gift of life.

Stay Socially Active
It’s not uncommon for these seniors to isolate themselves and stay home. However, isolation only furthers feelings of loneliness and keeps older adults from enjoying the season.

For Senior LIFE members, there are ample opportunities to remain active and spend time with others. Members can visit the Senior LIFE Center to socialize with friends, visit their medical providers, and access rehabilitation services, which can all be helpful in combating loneliness and depression.

Some other suggestions include:

  • volunteering at a local organization
  • exercising together
  • participating in local activities for seniors

The options are endless—the key is to keep doing what brings you joy.

Share the Load
To prevent burnout and offset post-holiday stress, it’s important to set realistic expectations from the beginning. Be aware of what you can manage and accomplish and what you can’t—and ask for help.

At Senior LIFE, we understand that caregivers need a helping hand. That’s why we provide options to help care for loved ones and give family caregivers the break they need. For those who qualify, there are no co-pays and no deductibles for Senior LIFE services. There is also no cost to enroll in the program.

For more information on how Senior LIFE could help you or a loved one, call us today at Senior LIFE Washington (724)-222-5433 or Senior LIFE Uniontown (724-) 434-5433. You can also visit us online at www.SeniorLIFEPa.com.

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