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How to Help Your Loved One Manage Stress During the Holidays

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As the world fills with holiday merriment, it is important to remember that seasonal stress is common among seniors. Financial concerns, health issues, and learning to cope with the loss of a loved one can all add up to mixed emotions at this time of year. While some stress is normal for everyone during the holidays, these strategies can help ease your loved one’s worries so that he or she can enjoy spending time with the family.

Encourage a Routine

Holiday shopping and social events can throw everyone’s schedule off, yet seniors who are able to take care of their needs will be better able to cope with stress. Try to plan events around a senior’s schedule so that he or she has time to eat nutritious meals, take medications, and rest.

Create a Comfort Space

Family dinners and parties are a great way for seniors to enjoy socializing with the people they hold dear. However, rambunctious children and too many new faces may become overwhelming. If possible, find a quiet room in the house that seniors can use to relax in a comfortable chair, listen to quiet music, and do anything else that helps them enjoy a brief respite from all the action.

Minimize Expenses

Managing holiday spending costs can be stressful for seniors who live on a fixed budget after retirement. Families can help minimize expenses for their loved one by planning to make handmade gifts, or by drawing names for a gift exchange with a set amount that no one can overspend. 

Hit the Highlights

A packed schedule full of social events can leave anyone feeling frazzled. Take a few minutes to find out which events your loved one prefers to attend, and whittle the list down to only the ones that really matter. Then, make sure your loved one has the transportation, whether from family members or a Douglas County home care agency, he or she needs to go home whenever necessary.

Provide Companionship

Loneliness and isolation can be more profound during the holiday season. Acknowledge your loved one’s needs by planning to stop by for more frequent visits, and make sure extra companionship from a caregiver in Douglas County is available during the winter months when he or she may not be able to get out of the house as easily.

If your aging loved one could use a helping hand with holiday shopping, meal preparation, or could simply benefit from additional companionship, reach out to Home Care Assistance at 720-287-1685. We provide hourly and live-in care, as well as stroke, dementia, and Douglas County Alzheimer’s care to ensure seniors of all abilities has the support needed to remain happy and safe in the comfort of home. Call us today. We are here to help.