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Beating the Senior Holiday Blues

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

The holidays can be a joyful season but they can be a difficult time of year too, especially for older seniors.  Many older seniors have outlived their spouses and friends. They may live alone and not have family or their family may live in another state. Or, they may have difficulty getting out of the house to participate in activities.  Sadly, these older folks can become easily depressed.

Fortunately, there are ways to help seniors beat the holidays blues. Sometimes it as simple as visiting an older loved one with cookies in hand to chat about pleasant past holiday memories.  Or providing transportation and companionship for a church holiday service. For more ways to help seniors enjoy the holiday season, click on the following link. Helping-Seniors-Beat-the-Holiday-Blues_At-Home-Solutions.pdf

And remember if your time is at a premium this season, think about hiring an agency like At Home Solutions to help with your loved one.  Our compassionate caregivers are trained and screened in companion care, personal care, housekeeping, meal preparation, and transportation.  A few hours a week of  friendly help in the home can make a big difference in the life of a senior and provide you with peace of mind!

Kim

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Holiday Activities for Older Seniors

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by Kim McCreery No Comments

Holiday Activities for Older Seniors

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas activities are just beginning. If you are fortunate enough to have an older senior in your life, it’s important to involve them in seasonal festivities. But sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out what to do with your loved one–meaning how to best engage them without overwhelming them. So to help you with ideas, we’ve put together a list of top ten holiday activities. Our older seniors are treasures who won’t be around forever, so make sure you do something special with yours this year!

  1. Create a memory album with pictures, captions, and favorite recipes.
  2. Take a drive to look at holiday lights.
  3. Plan an afternoon outing to the local beauty shop or bring a beautician in to the home for hair and nails.
  4. Cook a special meal together.
  5. Plan in advance
    to attend a holiday concert, play, or parade.
  6. Organize a sing-along of holiday favorites for your neighborhood. Make it a small potluck gathering.
  7. Read favorite holiday stories out-loud to a senior.
  8. Watch TV holiday specials together.
  9. String popcorn or cranberries for the tree.
  10. Reminisce about past holidays. Play oldies music to stimulate those memories.

Remember that simple and upbeat activities are best. Holiday events needn’t be elaborate, expensive, or overly long. Crowds and excessive noise can sometimes make older seniors anxious, so choose activities that are more relaxed and intimate. Events featuring children always bring a special joy!

Kim