The holiday season is here, and for many, it’s a time to gather with friends and families. But far too many seniors live alone and have no one to spend their Christmas with.
Social isolation has serious health implications. Scientists say it’s as bad as smoking for your health. As the U.S. population ages, the number of people suffering from social isolation will only increase.
Staying connected to others gives our lives meaning, and unfortunately, many seniors today are living alone in their final years.
In fact, the current statistics are startling. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 11 million, or 34% of people aged 65 and older, lived alone in 2014.
As a care provider, it’s essential to learn to spot the signs of isolation. Here are a few tips to help ensure your loved ones aren’t spending the holidays alone.
Try to Find Out Why Seniors are Isolating Themselves
If the elder in your life is naturally shy, that’s one thing. But if their isolation is a change in behavior, then something may be wrong. They could be experiencing seasonal affective disorder or even depression. Or perhaps they’re embarrassed about a medical condition and don’t want to leave the security of their homes. Look for ways to tactfully discuss why they’re choosing isolation over socializing, and together, you can find ways that will help them enjoy the holidays.
Make Your Senior Loved ones Your Priority
If your elder loved ones are unable to leave their care facility or their home, then try to arrange your holiday schedule to include them. By carving out time in your busy schedule, you’ll show your loved ones you care about them and help brighten the season.
Plan Family Activities that Include Seniors
Many activities can include both the youngest and oldest members of your family. Board games, scrapbooking, and movie nights are all great ways to bring the family together in a way that’s not overwhelming for seniors.
Whether your family likes to go big for Christmas or enjoys a mellow holiday, including your elder loved ones will surely brighten their season.
Everyone at EasyCall wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!