The holiday season is a time for joy, but it can also have an adverse effect on seniors. As they get older, holidays become more of a distraction and complication for them, rather than a satisfying retreat. While there are a lot of benefits for seniors from spending their time with loved ones, there are also things that will have a harmful effect. Traveling to the gathering, the stress that comes with it, holiday food, staying up late, drinking, gift giving, and a touch of weight gain (who among us doesn’t eat a bit too much!) can affect their immune system.
To counter all of this we have compiled a list which could help you keep seniors healthy through holiday season.
Keep Seniors Healthy Through the Holiday Season
1) Choose Healthy Food
If your senior is on a diet, make sure that you adjust the food on the table for them. Stray a little bit from standard holiday custom and add healthy food which could help both you and your loved one – while still being tasty for the rest of the family.
2) Stay Hydrated
The holiday season is all about the rush and the stress. It can be easy to forget to hydrate properly. Dehydration is one of the things that can weaken the immune system. Equip your senior and any other family member with a bottle of water, so it’s with them at all times.
3) Don’t Drink Too Much
Alcoholic drinks shouldn’t mix with medications. So, if your seniors are on medications, you should provide them with non-alcoholic beverages.
4) Pass the Torch
If your elder was the center of your holidays, you should reconsider; maybe it is time for them to step down. They now have less energy than before, and taking some of the responsibility from them could do a significant amount of good.
5) Provide Space for Rest
If your loved one is not as agile as before, make sure that they have a place of their own, where they can take a nap or sit for a minute before the holiday festivities continue. Don’t force them to participate in every action as before, but let them enjoy what they can at full strength.
6) Spend Less
Your elder’s finances might be affected by their expenses for a retirement home or home care, or they just don’t have the income they did before. As you keep your gift exchange tradition, make sure that no one overspends, that way your elderly won’t feel depressed about an inability to spend more.
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