How to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

Between traveling, social engagements, guests, shopping for gifts and so much more, the holiday season can be seriously overwhelming. What you may not know is that your aging loved one or parent could be suffering from additional stresses and even seasonal depression. Luckily, you can help make this season a happy and stress free one, for everyone, with just a few simple strategies!

The holiday season can feel lonely for someone who is living independently, but this year you can give your loved one a gift that will last them a lifetime and make them not feel so alone. Life Alert Protection is the perfect solution for the aging loved one in your life who deChristmasFunChecklistmands their independence, but still requires full personal protection. In the event of a life threatening emergency, your loved one can summon emergency medical response fast with one touch of a button. Life Alert’s emergency pendant is worn around one’s neck or wrist and is lightweight and waterproof, which means they can remain protected 24/7, even while in the shower – where most stressful accidents occur.
Moreover, you can eliminate your own personal stress over the safety of elderly relatives with Life Alert and enjoy the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that they are protected. Keeping your elders safe is but a button push away, however having them be stress-free with all the holiday activities may be another issue. Joy should be had by all this holiday season and She Knows.com1 can help you and your aging loved one do just that!

1. Set Realistic Goals.
We know visiting family and friends is always on the to-do list during the holiday season, but traveling and meeting with people all day can be physically and mentally exhausting. Make sure to schedule ample rest time throughout and allow for plenty of transportation time in between visits so that there’s no rushing around to see last-minute guests.

2. Keep Set Schedules.
If your senior parent or friend is used to waking up at a certain time, eating at a certain time and going to bed at a certain time, make sure to respect those schedules. Staying up later to accommodate family visits or having to eat later in the evening because of a difference in meal times can be difficult and stressful for a senior to acclimate to, so make sure you know beforehand what their schedule is like.

3. Keep Expenses to a Minimum.
Many seniors are on fixed incomes, so keeping costs low can help ease any financial stress associated with the holidays. Travel, gifts and food can all start to take their toll on the checkbook, so make sure to create a realistic budget and stick to it.

4. Plan Appropriate Activities.
A six-hour shopping trip may not be the best idea for a senior who has difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. If these types of activities are unavoidable, make sure that a walker or wheelchair is available to make activities easier and more comfortable.

5. Keep Friends or Family Around.
Along with the fun and happy aspects of the holidays comes sadness for many seniors – especially those who’ve lost loved ones. Be sure to not isolate yourself or your elderly companion. There are always churches and other civic organizations that offer holiday parties and gatherings, or volunteering at a local organization to stay social during the holidays.
The holidays are a time to come together, share joy and let go of all your stresses. Focus on being with your whole family this year and find comfort in knowing that even when you’re not together, Life Alert will keep your aging loved one safe and protected. Life Alert’s medical alert can help them get help fast with one touch of a button! Sing “Old Lang Syne” to senior care and “Hello My Baby” to 24/7 personal protection and have a happy, stress free, holiday with Life Alert Protection! To learn more about all of Life Alert’s stress-free services you can sing about call 1-800-513-2934 for a Free Brochure.

Works Cited:
1. NYC Senior Care. “5 Tips for Helping Seniors Manage Holiday Stress.” She Knows. 30 September 2011. <http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/841461/5-tips-for-helping-seniors-manage-holiday-stress >.

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