December 9, 2022

Gentry Park Senior Living Prepares for Possible Holiday Blues

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Amy Stewart, Director of Wellness

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!

One common cause of depression during the holiday season is not being able to spend time with family. Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress we should monitor for during the holiday season include loss of interest in normally enjoyed activities, agitation or crankiness toward others, inability to sleep or oversleeping, loss of appetite, feeling hopeless, and crying.

We can help eliminate the holiday blues for our residents by planning community activities and involving the residents. Loneliness is one of the most common causes of depression in the elderly during the holiday season. To combat this, we should engage residents with daily activities and play upbeat Christmas music.

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 Gentry Park Senior Living hope some of these ideas will be helpful as the holidays approach.

Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.

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Bloomington, IN 47401

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