Even if we have happy memories of holiday celebrations from when we were young, this time of the year can be stressful for our elderly family members. Many hold to the expectations that everything should be merry and happy, regardless of our circumstances. Our elders used to be in charge of making the holidays merry, but as they age and begin to lose their abilities, the holiday responsibilities increasingly fall to the next generations.
Our desire is to provide a way for seniors to enjoy the holidays, but their health conditions and living arrangements can make that challenging—especially this year. As the holiday season ramps up, it’s important to remember that your love and attention are the most valuable gifts you can give. That, and helping your elders to feel included in whatever ways they can participate. Here are some ideas:
- Assist with decorations and traditions. Make a family event of putting up decorations and mailing cards. Remember, it all doesn’t have to be done in one day!
- Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Many holiday traditions are extravagant, long, and frankly, stressful. Promise your elder that they can arrive and depart as they please and they do not need to bring anything. Reassure them that it’s all handled!
- Time is the most important gift. During this time of year, our senior family members simply want the family to be together. Here’s a tip: make it a fun gathering like an ugly sweater contest and everyone make silly faces for the camera!
At Danbury Senior Living, we take pride in offering a quiet, relaxing atmosphere where everyone is enjoying a festive Holiday Season. Give us a call today to learn how we can help your family!