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Elderly planning can take on a personal face during holidays

Many different groups have holiday celebrations coming up in the next few months. We all know that the holidays can sometimes bring on the blues or temporary feelings of depression. Past memories and present loneliness may cause an older person to take on symptoms of depression. In Texas as well as everywhere else, it's up to the person's loving family members to step up and do some elderly planning to get the loved one through the holidays, the New Year and beyond.

There's no reason why these activities cannot be focused on uplifting the elderly parent's spirits based on prior habits and enjoyed activities. According to an article published by a registered nurse and elder care coordinator, it helps to recreate experiences of prior happy memories for the loved one who is disabled to one degree or another. Assisting the parent in purchasing gifts for family members can be helpful.

Decorating the parent's home or an area in a facility is also good therapy for one who enjoyed decorating in the past. If the individual is still active enough to cook and bake, engaging in these activities will likely perk up the spirits and create baked products that can be shared with other family members. That will also give the person a feeling of satisfaction. In fact, whenever you can find an activity that makes the person feel like he or she accomplished some task or produced some positive results, the self-confidence will be enhanced.

The increase in confidence can be a vital factor in extending the loved one's life span. It's no secret that depression can be a downward cycle that feeds on itself, and this can be particularly dangerous for the elderly who are prone to mental degeneration in their late years. Whether you reside in Texas or elsewhere, the general idea of this kind of personal elderly planning is to provide for some enjoyable activities and fun times together, to the extent and on the level that is appropriate and feasible.

Source:, "Elder Care: Celebrating the holidays with an elderly family member", Karen Kaslow, Dec. 12, 2014

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