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December 1, 2023

Embracing the Holiday Season: Finding Joy and Connection Amidst the Blues with The Wellington Senior Living

Category: Wellness

Author: Charmaine Gibbs, Director of Wellness

For many, the holiday season is a joyful, happy time built around togetherness, family, and friends. Still, 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. 

At The Wellington Senior Living, we understand celebrating this time of year doesn’t have to be sad or overwhelming. It can be a peaceful time of reminiscing, volunteering, spending time with friends, and creating new traditions!

Some common causes of depression during the holiday season are:

  • Missing their Family
  • Loneliness
  • Personal Finances

The signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress we should monitor for during the holiday season include isolating behaviors, agitation, and crying.

To help residents eliminate the holiday blues, we can talk to them, contact family, and include them in daily events. Loneliness is one of the most common causes of depression in older adults during the holiday season. To help combat that, we can encourage family to spend time with their loved ones during this time.

New and fulfilling traditions are encouraged within our community by sitting down as a group and brainstorming ideas for recent events that are inclusive to all residents.

The holiday season means different things to each of us. The holidays are about family, friends, food, and tradition. For many, the smells, tastes, and decorations bring memories flooding back. We hope some of these ideas will help you as the holidays approach.

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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