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Managing Loneliness during the Holidays

By Jeff Hill, 8:00 am on December 20, 2013

The holidays are a time for gathering with loved ones, but they can prove lonely for aging adults who may no longer be in contact with old friends, have suffered the loss of companions, or who live far from their relatives. For many seniors, what was once a time of active gatherings and constant activity becomes a time which may include isolation and depression. With a little planning, however, you can help your aging parent or loved one deal with the loneliness of the holidays.

  • Deck the Halls

    You don’t have to break out all the decorations to enjoy the holidays, but it’s important to bring out a few decorations to get in the spirit. Put out a small tree on a table along with a few of your aging loved one’s favorite decorations, and string some lights in a window to help brighten the home.

  • Take a Stroll

    Encourage your loved one to get out of the house and go see decorations around the neighborhood. Taking a walk to look at the decorated houses can help shake the blues and help your aging loved one feel better. Don’t have time to accompany your aging loved one? Consider learning about compassionate caregivers in Phoenix who can offer companionship and enjoy holiday festivities with your aging loved one.

  • Attend Community Events

    Getting out of the house for local events can also help lift spirits. Take your mother to see the local showing of the Nutcracker. Make arrangements with your father to go do some afternoon shopping and pick up a few gifts. Attending activities will give seniors something to look forward to and help lift their spirits.

  • Encourage Social Outings

    Although sometimes a difficult topic to discuss, do your best to encourage your loved one to meet up with friends in the area. If they live a short drive, offer to provide transportation or suggest they call them directly. Meeting with peers and staying social is one of the easiest ways to combat loneliness, and sometimes all a senior needs is a little push!

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