While the holiday season is a festive time for many, it can cause depression for seniors who’ve lost loved ones or are having health or financial problems.
Just think about it…picture yourself in your Golden Years and everyone you knew had died. Brothers, sisters, mother, father, grandparents, children, cousins, and friends. Would it not feel lonely? Would you not feel alone and sad thinking of the good times?
For some seniors, this despondency can lead to suicide, In the U.S., people 65 or older make up 13 percent of the population but account for more than 18 percent of all suicides in 2014, according to the National Institutes of Health.
TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID THE BLUES!
The society offers seniors some tips on how to avoid feeling blue during the holidays:
Get out and about!! Call Lighter Hearts for help traveling to parties and events or invite family and friends to your home! Our Caregivers can help clean and set up for a party!
Volunteer. Helping others can be a great mood lifter. Contact local schools, churches, synagogues and mosques to find out about volunteer opportunities. Lighter Hearts can even take you there!!
Don’t drink too much alcohol, which can lower your spirits.
Accept and express your feelings. There’s nothing wrong with not feeling happy during the holidays — many people feel the same way. Talking about your feelings can help you understand why you feel the way you do. One of our friendly staff can help arrange for counseling and make sure you get to your appointments.
Recognize the signs of depression, which include: sadness that won’t lift; loss of interest or pleasure; changes in appetite and weight; sleeping much more than normal; crying often; feeling restless or tired all the time; feeling worthless, helpless or guilty; slowed thinking; thoughts of death or suicide.
If you notice that an older loved one or neighbor seems depressed, don’t wait call Lighter Hearts 502-904-0038. We can lend a hand by offering to help them with shopping, transportation and preparations for get-together s in their homes. Encourage your loved one to talk about how he or she is feeling and acknowledge their difficult feelings.
DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY!!!