While we like to think the holiday season brings joy to everyone, this time of the of the year can be very depressing, filled with loneliness and anxiety for many people. Often times, seniors suffer from feelings of disconnect and isolation due to the fact that they don’t feel a connection or relate to anyone or anything around them during the holiday season. Finding ways to create new holiday traditions that fit the lifestyle of you or your loved ones can greatly reduce stress levels and keep everyone connected and happy. Here are some tips on how to make their time back home more enjoyable.
Put up decorations for the holidays:
As the holiday gets closer, entire yards and houses are being decorated with holiday colors and ornaments. The feeling of belonging can help seniors reduce stress and increase socialization. Caregivers should encourage older adults to participate in putting up holiday decorations as this could help them get into the holiday spirit. Creating a positive environment by decorating your home with holiday trinkets can help seniors mood, especially those with Alzheimer’s and provide a feeling of acceptance.