AgingCare Article: Tips for Reducing Loneliness in Elders During the Holidays

By: Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders  

This holiday season will look quite different from previous years. With more seniors forced to celebrate the holidays alone, learn how to help an elderly loved one feel your love from afar.

There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The season is supposed to be merry and bright, but many elders feel increasingly isolated and unhappy this time of year—even under more “normal” circumstances. Understandably, families are extra concerned about having to leave seniors alone for the holidays this year.

Why Seniors Experience Holiday Loneliness

While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors face. Loved ones and friends fall ill and pass away. Energy and mobility levels often decrease, resulting in feelings of lost independence and opportunities. Neighborhoods change over time, leaving even those well enough to remain in their own homes feeling lonely…

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