Getting to Know…Dawn Marie Pesola, Senior Nutrition ManagerDecember 5, 2016
Be an ELF for the ELDERLYDecember 12, 2016
For most of us, the holidays are a wonderful time to share the joys of family life and friendship. But for many older adults, the holidays can be very stressful, confusing, or even depressing, if their mental, physical and emotional needs aren’t taken into account. As our volunteers, you are often our “eyes and ears” to let us know if any of our senior clients need additional support.
Here are some helpful tips you can share with the seniors you support during the holidays.
Tips on Avoiding Holiday Stress to Share With Your Seniors
- Redefine the holiday. Try something new. Focus on what you can Pace yourself. Don’t worry about how things should be.
- Acknowledge feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s okay to take time to cry or express your feelings. Take a moment of silence to remember them.
- Set aside differences. Try to accept family members or friends as they are. Set aside grievances during the holidays. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed – chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression too.
- Take a breather and do what you enjoy. Close your eyes and listen to soothing music. Take a walk. Talk about and share your happy holiday memories with friends and family. Focus on the gift of life. And make sure you take care of yourself and get extra rest during the holidays.
- Reach out for help if you need it. If you think your senior is struggling during the holidays, encourage them to talk with their family. If you are concerned about your senior, let your program manager know and she can help you appraise the situation and come up with a plan of action to support your senior.
We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and we thank you for everything you do for our seniors!