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.
As a caregiver you can do much to help, by simplifying the holiday season all around you can offer your client help through what can be, for some, a time of discouragement.
Tips to Enhance Elders Holidays:
1. Listen and understand when they want to talk, even if the talk is negative. Your empathy is vital, try to put yourself into their place.
2. Remind them how important they are and that they are loved.
3. Help them create a list of those they would like to send out Holiday cards to.
4. If your client is in a facility find out if there will be holiday socials or children coming to sing
5. Help them decorate their home or room