Christmas and New Year holidays should be the happiest time of the year. Families finally have some time to get together and celebrate with a lavish feast. However, is this true for everyone? Sadly, it isn’t. The seniors whose beloved passed away and whose family lives far away from them do not share the same excitement regarding the holidays. As the research shows, they are even more depressed at this time of the year since they are constantly bombarded by other people’s happiness and enjoyment which reminds them of what they once had and lost.
Since holidays shouldn’t be only about getting presents, but also about helping others, we have singled out different ways in which you can help the seniors feel better and have a nice time for Christmas.
Help the seniors communicate with their family
Since a lot of seniors haven’t even heard of Skype, you can be the one who will help them get in touch with their family using this technology. This won’t take you a lot of time, but for them it will mean a lot to hear from their loved ones. Seeing them on the computer screen, even though they are so far away, will significantly improve the senior’s mood.
Listen to what they are telling you
No matter whether you are their neighbor, a caregiver, or a family member you should take some time to talk to the senior. Although they sometimes tend to go on and on about past events, try to show some interest by asking questions and showing compassion. You may even encourage them to show you their old photo albums. This way they will have someone to share their old memories with, which is what we all like to do during holidays. [Read more…]