Ask Pilar: “Beating the Holiday Blues”

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The holidays are a joyous season for all! However, they can also bring unwanted stress and sadness to some. Our senior population is particularly sensitive to the holiday season as it reminds them of past family dinners, children lost in the excitement and the togetherness that the holidays bring. For your loved one that lives in an assisted living community, you can them experience the joy of the holidays by celebrating with them in a small family gathering earlier in the day which may include a light meal and a family activity such as a creating a holiday scrapbook. Decorating their space with festive décor or planning a gift exchange with other residents as well as the employees of the community will spark their excitement of the holiday spirit! Encourage your loved one to reminisce about past gatherings while creating new memories!

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