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Brighten the Holidays for your Senior

mm_dec17_holidays.jpgThe holiday season is in full swing! Parties are being planned. Holiday visits scheduled. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the ones we love as we reflect on the past year and await a new one.

For many seniors, though, being happy during the holidays can be a struggle - especially if they are far away from family members. Fortunately, there are many activities and strategies for giving your beloved senior a sense of holiday joy.

Many seniors do not recognize their loneliness or the health problems that feeling lonely can cause. As a result, few will voice their need for additional support.

Look for these signs of loneliness among seniors:

  • Under or oversleeping
  • Withdrawal from existing relationships
  • Combativeness or moodiness
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Anxiety over change or visitors leaving
  • Lack of interest in normal passions
  • Decreased attention to self-care

Nostalgia, memories of lost loved ones, and distance from family can all contribute to the holiday blues. With a little planning, you can brighten the holiday the season for your senior.

Add cheer to seasonal loneliness with strategies like these:

  • Display holiday cards and greetings
  • Set up decorations with seniors
  • Help seniors make video calls to loved ones
  • Sign seniors up for in-house visits by carolers or other holiday volunteers

For more tips on how to bring holiday cheer to your senior, check out our free Marketing Monthly program. Our December Marketing Monthlies are a great source of information, and they are also available as PDFs so you can distribute them to clients, their family members, and prospects.


Happy holidays!

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