Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Including Senior Relatives in Your Holiday Plans

While many people say there’s no place like home for the holidays, elderly adults might disagree if it means they will be isolated and lonely. Millions of elderly adults struggle with feelings of sadness and depression during the winter holiday season. It’s especially difficult when the elderly adults have physical challenges that prevent them from full participation in festive events with friends and family. Family caregivers must take steps to include their aging relatives in their holiday plans.

Why Seniors Become Isolated

It’s too easy for elderly adults to become isolated, especially when they struggle with mobility issues and health challenges. They want to stay in their home as they age, but injuries, disease, chronic health issues and a number of other problems leave them unable to complete the daily tasks needed to stay safe and healthy. Many become dependent on family caregivers and home care providers to help them with things like getting dressed, preparing meals, grocery shopping and driving them to appointments.

During the holidays and winter weather, it’s easy for family members and friends to get busy and overlook the needs of the aging relatives in their family. That’s why family caregivers need to place an emphasis on helping their aging relative and get them out of the house and having some Christmas cheer. It’s not difficult to include an aging adult into family holiday plans, and the physical and mental health benefits are tremendous.

Ideas to Include Seniors in Holiday Plans

While elderly adults won’t be able to do every single holiday activity, there are many ways that family caregivers can include them in their traditional events and celebrations. One of the best things to do is attend a Christmas concert or theater production or drive around to look at neighborhood lights. Christmas shopping is always fun to do at department stores and malls, and most of these have electric scooters to make it easy for elderly adults to get around. Many communities hold holiday events, such as Christmas craft fairs, tree-lighting ceremonies and, even Christmas caroling and sing-alongs.

Other Christmas events and activities that are closer to home include hosting a family gathering, making Christmas cookies or other traditional treats, sending Christmas cards, and listening to Christmas music. Many elderly adults can’t decorate their homes due to physical limitations, so family caregivers and home care providers should help with that. It’s always fun to watch favorite Christmas movies with a few close friends as well. No matter what their ability level, elderly adults can find lots of things to do to put them in a Christmas mood.

It may be a challenge to make plans that are senior-friendly, but with support from family caregivers and home care providers, aging adults can feel loved and welcomed when efforts are made to include them in Christmas activities and winter holiday plans.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home home care in hoover AL, please contact the caring staff at  205-490-1079.  We service Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Pinson, McCalla, Trussville, Adamsville, Chelsea, Mountain Brook, and Homewood .

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