Beating the Holiday Blues

The holidays can be very difficult for seniors, especially those dealing with health difficulties, loss and the increased pressures surrounding the season.

Dealing with Sadness During the Holidays

Many seniors feel an increase in sad feelings as winter creeps in. Feeling lingering sadness or mental and physical limitations in light of all of the traditions, dinners and visits from family can be challenging to cope with. It is difficult for many seniors to speak openly about their depression with family.

If you are looking to help your loved ones beat the holiday blues:

  • Acknowledge that they might be feeling a little down and let them know they can talk about their feelings with you.
  • Stay connected with them throughout the year, and make an effort to reach out more often during the season so that they aren’t home alone or without plans.
  • Offer help with a specific part of the holiday preparations, like baking Christmas cookies together or putting up holiday lights. Remember that they might not ask for help if it isn’t offered, especially when asking for help means admitting they are not as mobile as before.

What to Do If You’re Concerned About Your Parents

If you are returning home from the holidays to aging parents or grandparents, it’s a good time to take stock of how they are doing, whether they live independently, in a retirement community or an assisted living facility.

If you’re concerned that your loved ones are coping poorly with the holiday blues or that their health might be suffering, be on the lookout for:

  • Changes in mobility
  • Weight change
  • Unpaid bills
  • Objects left in odd places
  • Trouble remembering the names of items around the house
  • Sudden changes in personality or mood

If you noticed anything concerning, you should first mention it to your siblings or the current caregivers for your parents. Serious problems are always worth discussing with a trusted advisor at Senior Care Lifestyles. We can guide you through the process of exploring what options are available for your loved ones, including in-home care and senior living communities. We have assisted hundreds of families with finding effective and affordable solutions for their loved ones. You never need to deal with the holiday blues alone!

Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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