Health and Wellness
Handy suggestions for helping your elderly loved ones through the holidays
Set realistic goals
Visiting family and friends is always on the to-do list during the holidays season, but traveling and meeting with people all day can be physically and mentally exhausting. Be sure to schedule a realistic number of visits each trip and allow enough time to rest in-between.
Keep Set Schedules
If your senior parent or friend is used to waking up at a certain time, eating at a certain time and going to bed at a certain time, make sure to respect those schedules. Staying up later to accommodate family visits or eating later than usual can be difficult and stressful for a senior to adjust to. So, be sure to know what their normal day is like and stick to it as often as possible.
Keep expenses to a minimum
Most seniors are on a budget, so keeping costs low can help ease any financial stress associated with the holidays. Traveling, buying gifts and meals can add up quickly, making it important to help with planning ahead.
Plan activities around your loved one
Shortening gift and grocery shopping trips when seniors are along will make it more enjoyable for everyone. Walking and standing for long periods can be difficult so be sure to have a walker or wheelchair available when it is unavoidable.
Keep Friends and Family around
Many elderly people have lost loved ones and the holidays bring sadness, so staying close to family and friends is especially important. If that isn’t possible, churches and other organizations have holiday gatherings and parties. Volunteering at a local organization also helps in making your loved ones happy and feeling useful.
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