Depression During the Holidays
The holidays are typically a time for families to come together, have fun, and make memories. However, elderly adults living with chronic illness or disability often find the holiday season difficult because they can’t participate in activities that they used to enjoy. Also, many elderly adults are living alone and may not have family nearby to spend the holidays with. As a result, they can feel lonely and isolated during this time of year. There are ways to help ease the difficulty of the holidays for elderly adults, such as knowing the signs of depression.
Grief is tough for everyone, but it may be harder for older adults who are spending holidays without a close friend or spouse. Some traditions that were once easy to do may now feel impossible without their loved ones with them. In some cases, the grief and holiday season can lead to depression.
Just because someone is elderly doesn’t mean they’re not interested in enjoying the holiday season. However, sometimes large crowds or complicated plans can make it difficult for them to join in on the fun. If you see somebody sitting out of festive activities, try asking why and how you can help make it easier for them participate. A little extra effort goes a long way towards making sure everyone enjoys themselves during this special time of year.
many elderly adults are living alone and may not have family nearby to spend the holidays with.
Signs of Depression
Although depression can be difficult to spot, it is a serious mental illness that can have severe effects on all aspects of a person’s life. Depression does not discriminate and can affect people of any age, race, or gender. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, it is important to reach out for help. There are many resources available online and through support groups if you need additional assistance.
Check out these most common signs of depression:
• Persistent sadness or empty mood
• Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Loss of energy or increased fatigue
• Changes in appetite or weight
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
• Restlessness or irritability
• Memory problems
• Lack of motivation
What Can You Do?
Though depression is treatable, it’s essential to find professional help immediately. Staying social can enhance your mood–try planning events with friends or family even when you’re not in the mood. With help, most people with depression can successfully manage their symptoms and live happy lives.
How Avanti Senior Living at Flower Mound Helps Residents During the Holidays
For many people, the holidays are a time for family, friends, and traditions. But for seniors living in assisted living communities, the holiday season can be a time of isolation and loneliness. At Avanti Senior Living at Flower Mound, we work hard to make sure our residents feel connected and loved during the holidays. We love going above and beyond to make our community festive for the holidays! We also know how important it is for residents to feel connected and engaged, so we host events and activities like crafting sessions and holiday gatherings. By creating a warm atmosphere, we help our residents enjoy the holidays even while they’re away from home.