The holidays can be stressful for many people, and some seniors can feel it too. You may see signs in your senior like changes in their sleep habits or in their attitude, or they may isolate themselves and try to just get past the holidays if this is a time of year that causes them grief, stress, or sadness.
One way for your senior to be supported this holiday season is to be included in all of the special things that you do to prepare for the season. Encourage them to help create the holiday meal plan, come shopping for ingredients, or prep as much as they are able to before the meal itself. If you have a lot of shopping to do, and they are able to get around, invite them to come along and help. Seeing other people and getting some time outside of their home might give them a much needed mood boost and allow them to feel like they are included in the activities of the season that are special to you.
Ask Them What They Like
If you can see that your senior is having difficulty but aren’t sure exactly what you could do to make things easier on them, try asking them. Having an honest and open conversation about their feelings and letting them know that you will do everything that you can to help them might be just what they need to hear.
Get Them Support
Whether it be grief or something else, if the holidays are hard for your senior to handle, get them support so that they can get through it as best as they can. Consider taking your senior parent or loved one receiving homecare to visit with a therapist or join a community support group with like-minded peers.
And if you suspect that they may be depressed, be sure and get them seen by a professional medical practitioner as soon as possible so that they can assess your senior and help them get the best care that they need.
If your senior is alone for periods of time when you cannot be with them, and you worry that loneliness is an issue for them this holiday season, consider hiring homecare aides to come in and offer your senior help as well as companionship. Not only will it allow them to have someone to talk to but you will worry a little less knowing that they are in the hands of trained professionals who can handle all of the issues that come with seniors needing homecare.
Give Them a Break
Sometimes, for reasons we can’t totally understand or relate to, people just tend to have a tough time during this time of year. If tensions are running high and your senior isn’t wanting to participate in the holiday activities that you would like them to, take a deep breath and know that you have tried your best and sometimes it may be appropriate just to give your senior a little breathing room.
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From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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