“Older adults can have an especially difficult time with the holidays for many reasons,” says Patricia Toglia, RN, MS, Vice President, Barnabas Health Home Health Care, which supports affiliates Community Medical Center Home Health and Community Kare, both located in
Whatever the reason, there are ways older adults can overcome holiday depression. Professionals from Barnabas Health Home Health Care offer the following suggestions to help ease the stress of the holiday season:
- Keep your expectations reasonable. The holidays do not have the power to magically turn sadness into joy. Don’t be disappointed if the holidays are not like they used to be. Life brings changes. Each holiday season is different and can be enjoyed in its own way.
- Take some time for yourself.
- Don’t overdo it.
- Make plans.
- If you expect to be home alone during the holidays, consider doing volunteer work at a local hospital or shelter, or make plans with a friend who will also be spending the time alone. Helping others will make you feel better about yourself.
For more information about Barnabas Health Home Health Care, please visit www.homehealthnj.com.
Tips for the Caregiver – Avoiding
Preparing for the normal demands of the holiday season can be even more stressful when the care of a family member or friend is involved. Here are some useful “tips” for caregivers during the holidays and every day of the year.
- Recognize your own importance. Before you can properly care for someone else, you need to take care of your own physical and emotional needs. Eat a nutritious diet and get an adequate amount of sleep. Most importantly, do not neglect your own health as you get wrapped up in the holiday season.
- Ask others for help.
- Seek professional guidance.
- Recognize that daily routines change, especially during the holidays.