The holidays are a festive time for so many. Still, for seniors, it can be a lonely time of year, especially if family is far away or you can’t get away due to financial or physical limitations. In a study by AARP, they discovered that 31% of respondents reported feeling lonely during the holiday season sometime in the past five years. Fortunately, there are ways to help beat the holiday blues.
Communicate – If you can’t visit friends or loved ones in person, connect by FaceTime. You’ll find a video chat can help lift your spirits. Even FaceTime during dinner so you can “share” the delicious holiday favorites with your family or friends. Not sure how to use FaceTime? Ask an administrator at the residence—they can easily connect you!
Bake – There’s nothing more festive than the aroma of warm cookies in the oven. Why not bake some Christmas cookies? While you’re at it, put on some holiday classics like “White Christmas” or watch your favorite holiday movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Take a walk – Walking is always an excellent remedy for loneliness or sadness. The holidays are no exception, so put on your winter boots, scarf, coat and gloves and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Notice the lights and decorations, and be sure to look around, far and wide. It works wonders. Also, visit a place of worship—you may see friends there, plus find a sense of peace and tranquility, too.
Decorate – Have a little fun with a small Christmas tree and decorate it to add color to your home. Color, creativity and aesthetics are a great way to raise your spirits.
Have dinner – Feel free to invite a neighbor who also may be alone to have dinner with you. Make it a special holiday dinner with all the traditional fixings.
Participate in community events – During the holiday season, residences like Summit Pointe will have a lot of activities and festivities going on. So be sure to check the monthly calendar and save the date for any or all of the holiday enjoyment in-store with your friends and neighbors.
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