While this time of year can be wonderful, it isn't always. Sometimes it's filled with sad memories or regrets, making it difficult to navigate.
That can be especially true in older adults, who are often dealing with the losses of loved ones and feelings of loneliness or even depression.
That's why our team at Qualicare wants to share some insight to help you and your loved one enjoy a happy holiday season.
Bringing Love & Laughter to the Season
First, consider breaking out the photo album!
When was the last time you and your loved one looked through old photo albums? Looking at pictures and remembering certain moments isn't only a great way to reminisce, but it can also give your loved one a chance to tell stories that he or she might not have shared before.
Second, there is always time for a good board game! No matter what game you pull out of the closet, playing a board game that is one of your loved one's favorites is not only entertaining during this time of year, but it can also boost your cognitive health. That's a win all-around!
Third, do not be afraid to bring your furry friend with you when visiting your loved one. Cuddling with pets has been shown as an effective way to comfort older adults, particularly those dealing with the effects of dementia.
Finally, break out your loved one's favorite holiday CDs and get to crafting for the holidays! Not only will the upbeat music of the holiday season help improve your loved one's mood, but the crafting will give you time to chat and make memories you can both carry with you forever!
Looking for help caring for your loved one? Contact the in-home care professionals at Qualicare to learn how we can offer support to both you and your loved one.