Office on Aging has tips for coping this holiday season

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Board of Chosen Freeholders is reminding residents that the Monmouth County Office on Aging has personnel and resources is available to support the many caregivers who continue the difficult work of daily caring for elderly or disabled persons.

The holiday season is a particularly difficult time for those who are responsible for the welfare of others, as time and resources can be stretched thin. Recognizing the difficulty of the season, the Office on Aging has a few suggestions to consider:

  • Try to set limits about what you can and cannot reasonably do;
  • Make time for yourself to do something that you really enjoy such as taking a walk, admiring local holiday decorations, baking, listening to music, or curling up with a good book;
  • Ask for and accept help from family, friends, neighbors, or paid caregivers;
  • Exercise regularly, and try to get enough rest;
  • Try not to overindulge in sweets, alcohol and other unhealthy but tempting treats; and
  • Recognize that we can all experience “the blues” at the holidays when we think of times gone by and how much things have changed.  Fleeting moments of melancholy are different from clinical depression. If you feel you have a serious problem, don’t hesitate to seek help.

The Office on Aging conducts two caregiver support groups each month. One is at the Neptune Senior Center on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. The other is at the Marlboro Senior Center on the third Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. Caregivers are urged to attend.

To be added to an e-mail list for notice of future events and new information, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additionally, if you know of other caregivers in Monmouth County who need help, please encourage them to contact the Monmouth County Office on Aging.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Colleen Smith, Monmouth County’s caregiver specialist, at 732-308-3770.