The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but they can also be extremely busy and stressful. While you likely have too much on your plate this year when it comes to getting prepared for the holidays, it’s important that you don’t overlook checking on elderly family and friends in your life during this time of year. Read more about How to Help Your Loved Ones with Loneliness During the Holidays.
Below are just a few of the reasons why it’s important to keep tabs on your elderly loved ones, especially around the holidays.
Statistics show that in any given year, one third of all elderly people experience a serious fall. The risk of falling is very real, which is why checking in on your elderly family or friends regularly can ensure they don’t experience a fall and are unable to get up or call for help.
Many elderly individuals have lost loved ones over the years and the holidays are often a time where memories are fresh, which can trigger depression. Be sure to check in on loved ones to spot any signs of depressive thoughts before they become too serious.
We’re all extremely busy, but spending time with elderly individuals can give you a fresh perspective on what really matters in life. Sure, you may hear a story that you’ve heard a time or two before, but the smile on your loved one’s face during your visit should make you feel extremely good about spending time with an elderly friend or family member.
One important component of wellness checks is making note of an individual’s personality and demeanor. By regularly checking in on an elderly friend or family member, you’ll be better able to spot changes in behavior, which could point to a variety of medical issues.
We all have more than we deserve, which is why it’s important to slow down during the holidays and spend time with friends and family. There’s no denying that elderly family members won’t be around forever, so it’s critical that you spend adequate time with these loved ones over the holidays. There’s no doubt that you’ll never regret spending extra time with an elderly loved one.
If you’re looking for additional ideas for spending time with elderly family and friends this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to Westminster Memory Care today at 803-502-5599.