Although the holidays are usually always thought of as a joyous time, that is not the case for some. loneliness and depression are often on the upswing during this time of year....especially with the elderly. Changes and losses in their lives are can be amplified has traditions and social situations become different or non existence. As Coral Bradley Bursack explains in her article "Reducing Loneliness in Elders around the Holidays" .....
It's very human to feel that holidays should be happy times, with generations of traditions coming to the forefront. After all, we say we celebrate holidays. Doesn't that mean happiness? The reality, however, is that many people can feel isolated and lonely during this sometimes forced "season of good will."
Elders can have an especially hard time with the holiday season. While aging and maturity can bring the wisdom of years for many people, there are inevitable losses that come to even the most healthy individuals. Many of these losses are emotional and social in nature. Spouses become ill or die. Other aging relatives and friends become seriously ill, or die. Neighborhoods change, often leaving even those well enough to remain in their own homes feeling friendless and isolated. The holidays can bring this isolation and a feeling of loneliness to a head.
You, the adult child of a parent who may seem depressed during the holidays, can do much to help. Yes, you are busy and stressed yourself. However, by simplifying the holiday season all around and concentrating on what really matters – people – you can offer your parent help through what can be, for some, a time of discouragement.
Read on in the article to see 12 Tips to Enhance Your Elders' Holiday.
Reference: AgingCare.com Reducing Loneliness in Elders Around the Holidays by Carol Bradley Bursack
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