December 9, 2022

Fox Run Senior Living Prepares for Possible Holiday Blues

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: LaShawn Stepteau, Regional Wellness Coordinator

For many the holiday season is a joyful, happy time built around togetherness, family, and friends, but for some it can be very stressful and filled with overwhelming expectations, depression, and anxiety. The holiday season can be a reminder of those who are not with us anymore, financial limitations, sadness from being separated from loved ones, and the loss of treasured traditions. Celebrating this time of year doesn’t have to be a sad or overwhelming time. It can be a peaceful time of reminiscing, volunteering, spending time with friends, and creating new traditions!

A common cause of depression during the holiday season is remembering the loss of loved ones. Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress we should monitor for during the holiday season include folks that seem disengaged, want to sleep more than usual, seem unusually sad, or have unusual agitations.

We can help eliminate the holiday blues for our residents by reminiscing with them about happy moments with the loved ones that they lost, encouraging them to do activities, and trying to get them to engage to take their mind off what is making them sad.

Loneliness is one of the most common causes of depression in the elderly during the holiday season. To combat this we need to surround them with friendly faces of employees and other residents, by inviting them to join in activities.

By educating the residents on the traditions we celebrate and letting them know why we are partaking, we encourage new and fulfilling traditions.

The holiday season means different things to each of us. The holidays are about family, friends, food, and tradition. For many, the smells, taste, and decorations bring memories flooding back. We at Fox Run Senior Living hope some of these ideas will be helpful as the holidays approach.

Fox Run Senior Living in Fairborn, Ohio offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Fox Run include dining at Grissom’s Restaurant, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Peacefully located just east of Hwy 675 with convenient access to local shopping and attractions.

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7800 Dayton Springfield Road

Fairborn, OH 45324

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