Help Seniors Avoid Isolation this Holiday Season

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!

3 Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu Season

Influenza is often quite serious for people 65 and older. Besides getting a flu shot, what are some other steps you can take to stay healthy this winter?

The Centers for Disease Control offer these tips to stay healthy this flu season:
Practice good health habits including covering for coughs, washing hands, and avoiding people who are sick.
Seek medical advice quickly if you develop flu symptoms
Get pneumococcal vaccines People who are 65 years of age and older should also be up to date with pneumococcal vaccination.

You can read the full article here.

Having the flu can increase the risk of falls or the need for emergency medical services. With EasyCall, you and your loved ones can stay within reach of help. Learn more today.