Holiday Blues?

The holidays can trigger sadness, loneliness, and depression in many adults, especially seniors. It’s not generally the holiday itself; rather, it is often a variety of things surrounding the events between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day that contribute to the holiday blues. The holidays not only remind them of loved ones they lost but also of another chapter closing in their own lives.
Loneliness during the holidays is intensified for seniors who are alone with no family or friends who live nearby. The holidays can be stressful for most adults; it is more so for seniors who may not have the health, energy, or means to enjoy all the festivities.

Signs of Depression in Senior’s

The good news is that holiday blues is temporary and usually subsides after the start of the New Year. However, if you see any persistent symptoms in an elderly parent, this could be a sign of depression. According to the National Institute on Aging, depression is a common problem among older adults. Symptoms of ongoing depression include:

• Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood;
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities;
• Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism;
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness;
• Decreased energy, fatigue, being slowed down;
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions;
• Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping;
• Loss of appetite or weight changes;
• Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts;
• Restlessness or irritability;
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without an apparent physical cause and that does not go away even with treatment.

It is important to note that suicidal thoughts or actions should never be ignored and the following measures should be taken:

• Call your doctor.
• Call 911 for emergency services.
• Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
• Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to speak with a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

How to Help Seniors Cope with the Holiday Blues

• Include elderly loved ones in your holiday plans. Offer to provide transportation to and from an event, but also respect their need to relax. Let seniors know what the holiday plans are and let them decide what they would like to attend.
• Go out. It’s critical for seniors to leave the house and enjoy some fresh air every day, if possible. Take a senior out for lunch, a cup of coffee, or simply a ride in the car. Getting out of the house is a   great mood lifter!
• Talk to them. It is crucial for the elderly to share their thoughts about what they are feeling around the holidays. Give them a chance to express their thoughts and feelings. They will feel better, and their spirits will be lifted.

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/depression-and-older-adults

Disclaimer
All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Speak to your physician or mental health provider for medical advice. Call the advocates at Assisted Living Made Simple for more information on senior resources in your area.

Why Choose Assisted Living Made Simple?

My first encounter with Assisted Living Made Simple was in November 2017 when my 89-year-old mother needed help. Rose was a Godsend! She guided us to help my mom receive VA benefits. We had no idea this was a possibility until we met Rose.

I started working at Assisted Living Made Simple on February 1, 2018. Prior to then, I had no idea there was a service like this available. As I work here day after day, I cannot express the joy I receive in watching and hearing the happiness Rose, Estelle, and all the advisor’s at ALMS bring to the families who are dealing with the most difficult decisions.

It’s not easy when it comes to the point that you can’t take care of your mom, dad, or both and have to put them into assisted living. However, ALMS make the journey so much easier on you and them. The advisors get to know you and your loved one(s) to find the perfect home for them; which makes life easier for you when they are happy.

ALMS searches for the right fit. They treat your mom and dad as their mom and dad; so finding the right place is important to them also! This is one of the things I love most about working here! ALMS is not out to just make a buck, they really and truly care about you and your loved one(s).

So, if you find yourself needing assistance, please give us a call today for a FREE consultation. I would be honored to be your first point of contact. 386-847-2322.

Donna Nichols

Event at Woodland Towers

What Actually Goes on at Assisted Living Made Simple?

A Day in the Life at Assisted Living Made Simple

At Assisted Living Made Simple we deal with all sorts of situations each day. Some days we have people in search of medical equipment they can afford, and other days we have families that need help making living arrangements for their loved ones.

Recently we had this sweet lady come in; she just moved here and is living alone in a condo. Her daughter lives and works in Port Orange and she is a little lonely and needed a few ideas. We helped her research all sorts of senior activities in her area and gave her recommendations. Rose worked with her to determine if she was getting her full level of benefits and just talked to her.  We all sat and chatted for quite a while and we have kept in contact with her via telephone checking in on her from time to time. She is very thankful for the calls and we are happy to help her settle in. Some days it is just the little things that can make the biggest difference in a person’s life.

We are advocates for you, give us a call to learn more about our services!

What do I do?

Okay, mom fell and is in the hospital. What am I going to do? I have to work, who is going to take care of dad? I know!I’ll call Assisted Living Made Simple.

Did you know they can help with that? Assisted Living Made Simple can help you with in-home care, respite care, and various other services you may need. Please give them a call today at 386-847-2322, or check out their website at www.assistedlivingmadesimple.com.

 

Happy Labor Day

Why you should call us!

Do you worry about an aging loved one/s? Do you want the BEST care available for them?

If this sounds like something you want/need, PLEASE give Assisted Living Made Simple a call today!

We offer the following services, just to name a few:

  • Personalized tours to facilities with our senior care advisors
  • Walking families through the health-care system
  • Assessing medical, financial, emotional, and social needs
  • Assistance procuring VA benefits
  • Alzheimer’s support groups
  • Out of State family representation with our senior advisors

We are here SOLELY for our community’s seniors and their care by providing a complete senior resource center.

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Why we love what we do at Assisted Living Made Simple

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“Oh my goodness, I LOVE my job! I just had the nicest lady in here. She is at her wits end with what to do with her sick brother. I sat with her and talked to her, put her mind at ease, passed her information on to get her help, and gave her some very needed equipment. She called me a lifesaver! I almost cried!!! What an awesome start to the weekend!”[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

How Assisted Living Made Simple Helps Seniors

As Senior Care Advocates, we at “Assisted Living Made Simple” assist seniors (and their families) in finding the perfect senior living community that meets all their needs: socially, medically and financially. We have been receiving many calls from families who are desperate to find help for their loved ones, but they keep hitting brick walls. Most of the situations involve a parent/s at home who can no longer safely live alone. The senior/s lives in unsafe and sometimes deplorable conditions, but due to our legal system, no one can intervene until an “accident” has happened. This “accident” may cause permanent damage or even result in the death of the senior.

This is totally unacceptable! A person should not have to get hurt before they can receive help; a family should not have to spend thousands of dollars that they don’t have before they are allowed to help their loved one. This is an injustice to our seniors and something must be done to fix this broken system. Our seniors should get the care they need in a safe loving environment where they can have the quality of life they deserve. We can help, call for a free consultation TODAY!!!