Holiday Tips for Seniors
The holidays are a hectic time of the year for many, and we want to make sure that the season is enjoyable for seniors. If you are a senior, the following tips should help you prepare for the holidays so that you can fully enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.
- The first thing you need for the holidays is a plan. Make a schedule of events and plan for these celebrations. Try not to overextend yourself. Many invitations will go out for the holiday season. Don’t feel like you are obligated to attend every event, especially if an event is expected to go late into the night. It is alright to say “no” sometimes. Know your limitations and plan accordingly.
- In addition to having a plan, get some rest. Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to attend several events. You should try to relax and take it easy. You don’t want to overdo it.
- If you are attending a holiday party, you might want to eat a little something beforehand. Don’t go on an empty stomach. Some events may serve only appetizers and not a full meal. Be prepared by having a snack or light meal before you go. That way you can relax and enjoy the gathering without feeling hungry or even famished. Remember to bring along your scheduled prescriptions, so that you can stay on your medication schedule. You don’t want to skip a dose of your medicine.
- If you are traveling over the holidays, make sure you have a list of your medications, the number of your doctor and anything else you might need in an emergency. Prepare for any delays and travel with enough medicine and supplies for a couple of extra days. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get to your destination, so that you don't feel rushed or hurried. Airports and highways may be congested, be prepared to wait and be patient. Travel delays are often out of our control. Try and stay calm and allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Lastly, watch the weather. The drop in temperature or the accumulation of snow can hinder your holiday plans. Dress appropriately for whatever the weather may bring. If you are going to a party or even if you are going holiday shopping, make sure you are comfortable and dressed properly. Dress in layers so you can remove an article of clothing if you get overheated. Be especially careful in ice and snow and make sure you have the proper outerwear. Bring along a cane for assistance. Stay safe in the cold elements and be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.
Hopefully, by following some of these suggestions, you can stay safe and healthy throughout the holiday season. Remember that the reason for all these gatherings is to enjoy time with your family and friends. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Seniors Helping Seniors® is a non-medical homecare company that can provide these and more services to you. Our caregivers, mostly seniors themselves, provide understanding and quality care to those we serve. Our goal is to help those who would like to age in their own homes gracefully.
Cara Gallagher is a Client Relations Manager for Seniors Helping Seniors in Fairview Park.