Reducing Elderly Depression
1. Really listen to your senior loved one when they want to talk.
When your loved one talks, listen. Encourage them to express what they are feeling about the holidays, good or bad. If possible, just check in with them daily either by stopping by, calling or even skyping to see how they are doing and to be there for them if they need to talk. Often, seniors just want to know that someone cares about them and that they are not alone.
2. Ask them for help and advice.
Seniors often get depressed because they feel they cannot participate in holiday planning the way they used to. If you are planning a holiday celebration, let them know they are a big part of that celebration. Ask for their advice or help preparing for the event. Even something as simple as asking them for a recipe can make them feel included in the process. Most importantly, remind them how much they are loved by everyone in the family.
3. Spend quality time with them.
4. Plan a family gathering.
There is no better way to brighten someone’s mood and show them how much they are loved than by surrounding them with family. Dedicate a special night for everyone to get together for dinner, viewing a family video or even a game night. Invite friends, family and anyone else you think your loved one will enjoy seeing. Conversely, let them have a say in which family gathering they would prefer not to attend.
5. Help them with their holiday planning.
6. Help them keep to a regular schedule.
7. If they are mobile, take them out.
8. Let’s get physical!
9. Get them an iPad.
10. Consider getting a pet.
11. Arrange time for them to laugh and put on a happy face.
12. You’re never too old for a spa day.
13. Hire a home healthcare provider.
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