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Senior Home Care Services for Managing Holiday Stress

Dec 12, 2017 by Sandra Hatch

The majority of Americans feel stressed during the holidays. Since this time of year should be about quality family time, delicious food, and relaxation, older adults should make every effort to manage stress this season. Comfort Keepers of Fresno, CA has the following recommendations and senior home care services for helping to keep your elderly loved ones happy, safe and comfortable at home:

Maintain Your Regular Routine

Traveling, hosting guests, extra shopping and other holiday activities can make it tough to continue a regular routine. Senior home care services can help older adults develop a healthy routine and support them exercise at home, transportation, shopping, meal preparation and other personal care tasks. A senior caregiver can also help seniors with chronic illnesses manage weather related aches and pains.

Open up to a Trustworthy Family Member or Friend

Holding negative thoughts inside can cause your stress levels to skyrocket. Therefore, seniors, especially those who are often isolated, should confide in a family member or close friend to share thoughts and feelings with them. Sharing thoughts and feelings in a calm and rational manner can actually help people release stress.

Stay Active

One of the best ways to manage stress during the holidays is to stay active. Whether it’s take a daily walk around the neighborhood or participating in a yoga class at the local gym or community center, staying active can boost your levels of endorphins, which are chemicals that promote feelings of joy and happiness.

Set Time for Yourself

Leading providers of senior home care services recommend respite care for primary family caregivers. Taking time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes, can give you the opportunity to breathe and clear your mind. You can listen to your favorite song, get a massage, or participate in a hobby that makes you happy.

Decide on a Spending Budget (And Stick to It)

Spending can easily get out of control during the holiday season. Buying food and gifts can hinder your bank account and lead to financial stress. To prevent this type of stress, review your financial situation and decide on a realistic budget for gifts, food, and other miscellaneous holiday expenses. Sticking to this budget can keep you out of debt.

Limit Alcohol Intake

It’s easy to overdo it when it comes to eating rich food and drinking alcohol during the holidays. Traditional holiday cocktails and drinks that people only have once a year during the holidays make people think it’s ok to overdo it a little. But for seniors, especially those who don’t drink alcohol often, the results of drinking too much can be bad health for days. Alcohol is a depressant, so seniors should always be careful about drinking alcohol if they fight depression. Seniors should also ensure that alcohol wouldn’t cause a bad reaction to their medications.

You, as well as your family members, can enjoy a happier, less stressful holiday season by maintaining a regular routine, staying active and sticking to a holiday spending budget.

If your senior loved one in Fresno, CA struggles during the holidays, senior home care services can be there to make sure he or she is healthy and happy at home. Call us today to speak with one of our experienced senior caregivers about home care for your senior loved one. 

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