For seniors who may not often see their friends and family, the holidays can provide ample opportunities to connect with loved ones. Yet the hustle and bustle of the season can leave some older individuals feeling anxious. To ensure that your elder is physically and emotionally healthy all season long, keep these holiday wellness tips in mind:
The sudden increase in social activities and obligations can make even the healthiest and most energetic individuals feel fatigued. If your senior suffers from a condition such as arthritis or heart failure that already limits his energy reserves, make regular rest a priority for him over the holidays. Not only should he get at least eight hours of sleep each night, but you may also want to limit the time spent at holiday functions. Even an hour or two of being around a crowd of people can be exhausting to an older person, so give your senior the opportunity to exit early if he appears tired.
A busier holiday schedule can mean fewer chances to eat at regular intervals, which may cause increased stress in seniors. A calendar full of holiday parties and gatherings might also lead to snacking on high-fat, high-sodium, and high-sugar foods that create extreme energy highs and lows. To keep your elderly loved one healthy throughout the holiday season, make sure that he sticks to his normal eating schedule. While the occasional indulgence may be okay, limit his access to sugary, salty, and fatty treats.
Many seniors have extended families filled with children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren for whom they may feel obligated to purchase holiday gifts. Financial stress is a common concern around the holidays, but for older individuals with limited monetary funds, it can cause great anxiety. So before your senior begins his holiday shopping, sit down with him and create a reasonable budget that he can use to guide his purchase choices and stay stress-free this holiday season.
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