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Beat the Blues: Holiday Senior Care (4 of 4)

Mary Alexander from Home Instead discusses beating the "holiday blues". The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends but for many seniors the holidays can be stressful, confusing or even depressing, if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account. It is important not to confuse the holiday blues with depression.

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  1. October 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Posted by LInda

    I am now looking after my 62 year old husband who has had one massive heart attack and 2 heart attacks and a stroke which has impared more of his vision since July. I findI am having trouble remembering to do things, phone calls I have to make and especially where I put things down . It is very upsetting . At timesIi find myself crying for no real reason.And the costs keep mounting to the point I am close to being broke.


  2. October 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Posted by Janice Madura

    Hi Dan ~ I am a newly retired nurse and I think that your Mom is a Very fortunate woman to have your regular visits..It seems like you are a sensitive , resourceful guy..You have come up with a way to communicate your thought to your Mom , whose hearing is obviously diminishing... I would hope that you are using "positive affirmations" for yourself and know that you are doing a good job staying connected with Mom..This is not always an easy task.. Take care , Sincerely , Jan Madura


  3. January 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Posted by Dan Mitchell

    I visit my Mother at least once a month. I have to call to set up our meeting on usually the first monday of the month. Realizing that I am one of a family of four, I try and transmit my observations to the others. My Mother and I will go for a ride to the bank or doctor. Occasionally we will go out to eat a meal on my visit time. Unfortunately, She has sinus problems and her hearing is getting terrible. I have to write my comments at times to be understood. Yet it is important that she get a chance to communicate with someone. Dan


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