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.

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

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!