Tips for Seniors on How to Avoid the Wintertime Blues

Elderly lady with cane walks alone through central park nycEveryone in the New York City area comes to learn; the holidays are a beautiful time with cheer, Christmas lights, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and happiness. Unfortunately, the holidays must always come to an end and for seniors, depression, and loneliness can easily kick in.

Elderly individuals can become especially lonely as out of town family returns to their normal daily routines. We at Alvita Home Care want to work with your loved ones to overcome the wintertime blues, and the side effects one may have as the holidays end and the winter months continue on.

Some major lifestyle changes can occur as the holidays wind down and we resume our normal routines. Elderly people can experience a loss of sleep, poor eating habits, a lack of exercise, loneliness, anxiety, and even buyer’s remorse as hefty credit card bills come in from our holiday shopping. At Alvita Care we want to lessen the burden associated with all these symptoms so we have come up with some tips and tricks to help your loved one overcome the holiday blues.

It is important to not overbook yourself or stretch yourself too thin when making an appointment for the upcoming months. Being overbooked can lead to exhaustion adding to a lack of sleep and overall depressed state of being. It also can make elderly individuals grumpy and irritable. At Alvita Care we want to ensure your loved one is as happy as possible, please give us a call today to help with anything you may need regarding scheduling care for your loved one.

Once you decide to schedule a time to take on priorities, stick to those deadlines, and ensure your loved one is organized with everything they may need. Our caregivers at Alvita Home Care are trained and ready to help ensure all appointments and priorities run smoothly for your loved one. We want to ensure your time is used properly and that you are as organized as possible when it comes to your loved one’s daily routines.

Clear out any negativity relating to the prior holiday season. While the holidays are over, it may not remove feelings of sadness, anxiety, and loneliness from this past holiday season. You can however try to preoccupy your loved one with a hobby or fun activity. For suggestions on fun ideas, feel free to check out our article on ways to promote an active lifestyle in your loved one today.

Avoid overindulging in alcohol or unhealthy habits such as eating or drinking poorly. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will not only feel better mentally but physically as well. Additionally, take some time to put things in perspective, encourage your loved one to participate in yoga, get a massage, or take a long walk. Self-reflection and relaxation can help kick the winter blues quickly and efficiently!

Go on a trip. If you are able to, take a trip someplace warm!

Elderly happy couple in their New York City apartment.There is nothing like warm weather and tropical beaches to ease depression and loneliness associated with the winter blues. If you have a caregiver and are unsure about scheduling a vacation around your plan of care, contact us or give us a call at Alvita Home Care today at 212-273-0490.

Additionally, if it is not possible for your loved one to take a vacation out of the state, plan a stay-cation! There are plenty of fun activities, museums, aquariums, and other places that you can visit within our area. Go see a Broadway show or even plan a trip to the movies. Encouraging a change in one’s daily routine every once in a while can do wonders for an individual’s mental health after the holidays.

We encourage those still struggling to check out some of the many resources available at one’s local library or online. There are plenty of articles focused on mental, physical, and social health in the wintertime.

Overall, we at Alvita Home Care encourage you to take a deep breath and remember, life is a gift and we are always here to help you along the way. We provide companions and home health aides in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, and northern New Jersey. Give us a call today at 212-273-0590 and have a happy and healthy new year!

Works Cited:

http://www.visitingangels.com/beating-the-holiday-blues-for-seniors-weekly-message_18

About AlvitaCare

Alvita Home Care is a premier provider of senior in-home care services designed to enhance well-being, independence, and dignity. Our clinical team works diligently to provide customized care plans to deliver outstanding care for our patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care, personal care, private duty nursing, hospice and palliative care, and companionship. Our experienced staff includes registered nurses, license practice nurses, licensed home health aides, and companions that can deliver senior care in the home or facilities. Alvita Care has earned the Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission at all locations with offices in New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and northern New Jersey.