The holidays can be a lonely time of year for seniors. Seniors who have recently lost friends or a spouse may find it very difficult to get into the holiday spirit this year. If you are worried that your senior loved one may be depressed or may be struggling during the holiday season this year there are some easy things that you and their senior home care aides can do to make the holidays brighter and help through this time of the year.
Bring Some Holiday Treats And Stay For A Visit
Food and holidays just go together. One way to brighten up your senior loved one’s holiday is to bring over some of the traditional holiday treats that have always been a part of your family’s holiday celebrations. Maybe it’s a special coffee cake your grandmother made for Christmas morning, or a special type of cookie that your mother always made to give away as gifts, or a family recipe for a holiday punch or eggnog. Whatever that special and unique holiday treat is that your family is known for you should make some and drop by your senior loved one’s home for a visit.
Decorate Their Home For Them with the Help from a Senior Home Care Aide
If your senior loved one isn’t feeling up to decorating this year or they are not really excited about getting their home ready for the holidays decorate it for them. You can have a senior home care provider that takes care of your senior loved ones help you string lights, put up a holiday tree, and hang decorations throughout the home to make it a happy and festive atmosphere.
Go Through Old Photos
When the holiday season seems dark and lonely seniors may find comfort going through old photos and remembering the holidays of the past and the people that they have lost. Take the time to sit with your senior loved one and go through the photos with them. If there are loose photos or photos that are unorganized you can work with a senior home care provider to put all those loose photos into albums or digitize them for your senior loved one as a holiday gift.
Take Them On A Drive To See The Holiday Lights
Getting out of the house can be a big help in changing a senior’s mood and getting them into the holiday spirit. Plan out a route in advance or find out if your area has an organized holiday lights show and get tickets if there is one. Take your senior loved one on a drive to see all of the pretty sparkling holiday lights and enjoy some holiday music on the radio.
Everyone loves to receive gifts wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbons. Buy some small gifts for your senior loved one and wrap them all individually to create a pile of presents. It will make your senior loved one feel appreciated and special to see a pile of presents waiting for them under the tree.