October 31st is a wonderful time of year from people of all ages. Costumes, parties, pumpkins, and trick or treating all combine to create a fun-filled holiday enjoyed by many. However, there are many who don’t like Halloween and would rather not participate in it. Elderly adults can be particularly sensitive to certain aspects of Halloween that make them nervous, anxious, worried and afraid.
If you are a family caregiver to an aging relative that dislikes Halloween, you must take steps to ease their mind and make them comfortable. Enlist the help of family members, friends and elder care providers to get your elderly loved one through the Halloween season.
One thing about Halloween that many people dislike is the disturbing imagery. From decorations to costumes, there are plenty of graphic images that can cause a lot of anxiety in seniors. The best thing you can do is to help your elderly relative avoid those features.
For example, many stores have Halloween displays or sections of seasonal merchandise that seniors can accidentally encounter. You can keep the aging adult at home while you or the elder care provider do the shopping, so they can avoid these triggers. Avoid costume parties and carefully screen community events to ensure they are all family-friendly, where there is a greatly reduced chance of gory imagery.
Trick or Treaters
Believe it or not, many seniors get nervous about having trick or treaters come to the door. Often, they are mostly annoyed at the idea of having to get up and down all the time. Others get nervous with the idea of strangers knocking on the door or people coming onto their property. One of the best ways to handle this is for you or the elder care provider to pass out the candy.
Some people leave a bowl and sign on the front porch so there is no knocking or doorbell ringing. You can also turn out all the outdoor lights and signal that the house is not open to trick or treaters. If it really is bothersome, you can take the elderly adult to a friend or family member’s home for the night.
Unfortunately, Halloween night invites lots of mischief, and studies show that in many areas there is a spike in crimes such as break-ins, vandalism and more. Your aging loved one may be very nervous about this darker side to the holiday and fear being alone. You, a family member, friend or elder care provider can stay with the aging adult through the night for added security.
Even simple mischief makers can be deterred when there are signs of movement, well-lit outdoor areas and a car parked in the driveway to signal that someone is home. Being there is certainly comforting for your elderly relative and may head off a more serious incident.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Big Timber, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.