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Activities and social life may begin to wane for older adults who have lost spouses or are suffering from physical ailments. But staying active is still very important to the health and well-being of seniors no matter what their circumstance.

That's where family caregivers can help. Loved ones can encourage the seniors in their lives to find new ways to remain active if the old ones no longer work.

Whether it's assisting them in planting a garden, planning a trip or just reconnecting with old friends, it's never too late to offer that older adult in your life an encouraging word and a helping hand.

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10 Ways to Keep Holiday Traditions Senior Friendly

10 Ways to Keep Holiday Traditions Senior-Friendly

Seniors may experience a number of limitations as they age that keep them from participating in holiday traditions like they used to. But those changes don’t need to sideline seniors for all holidays to come.

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10 Ways to Bring the Holidays to the Hospital

Activity suggestions to make the holidays special for a senior loved one who can’t be home to enjoy the festivities.

Young man talking to his grandmother.

Older Adults Savor Gift-Wrapped Companionship

The special gift of a person’s time might be the most precious present that a senior loved one can receive during the holidays.

Plan a dinner at another family member's house to help your loved one cope with their feelings during the holidays.

Observing Special Days Difficult for Surviving Family

The unpredictability of life can leave seniors reeling. When sudden loss occurs, make sure there’s support and encouragement for those left behind.

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Begin Senior Holiday Celebrations with Planning

For families whose senior loved ones struggle with afflictions, holidays can be challenging times. But, with a little planning and support, the festivities can still be special. Setting realistic expectations is a key to eliminating stress.

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Holiday 911 for Family Caregivers

It’s time to talk turkey with an expert and whip up a meal that your senior loved ones will treasure. And, if there’s a need for additional help, call on other family members or a CAREGiverSM from the local Home Instead Senior Care®.

Senior woman doing yoga in her own home.

Help Seniors 'Shake Things Up' After the Holidays

An exercise or activity program for your senior loved one might be the right medicine to kick off the New Year. Make sure your older loved one checks first with his or her doctor, then encourage the senior in your life to take the first steps toward better health.

Happy caregiver taking time for herself.

Take Time for Yourself to Avoid Holiday Caregiver Stress

Adult children need to find ways to take a break from the rigors of caring for their senior loved ones and their own children before the burden becomes too overwhelming. One possibility is respite help from a Home Instead CAREGiverSM.

Woman baking with her elderly mother during the holidays.

Companionship an Antidote to Seniors’ Holiday Blues

Depression during the holidays is not uncommon for anyone who has lost loved ones and longs for days gone by when unique traditions, reunions and rituals were a rich part of life.

Senior man with Alzheimer's disease.

Helping Families of Seniors with Alzheimer’s Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays can be particularly stressful for families of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Look to resources such as the Alzheimer’s Association and the local Home Instead Senior Care® office for assistance.

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