Getting Our Loved Ones into the Holiday Spirit

The holiday season is a festive time for many, with people getting ready to spend time with family and friends, decorating the house, buying gifts. While it is easy for many of us to get into the holiday spirit, it can be a very stressful and sad time for older adults.

Many seniors miss lost family and friends and pass the holidays feeling down and depressed. This can leave them with feelings of sadness, emptiness, and hopelessness – basically, feeling depressed.

Here are some ways you can help your loved ones get into the holiday spirit and, ultimately, help them feel included and loved.


The more you can have your loved ones socialize the happier and healthier they will be. Socialization can take many forms including:

  • Attending holiday events at the senior center, local clubs and organizations, churches and synagogues.
  • Going out for shopping and lunch or dinner or inviting them to your home for a meal
  • Going out or staying in to watch a show or a movie
  • Volunteering
  • Joining an interest group (caroling, gingerbread master class, stimulating humor, wit and conversation)
  • For older adults that need more support and structure consider Greenwich Adult Day Care
Baking and Cooking:
  • Put together a family recipe box or file with your loved one to pass down to future generations.
  • Plan time to cook with your loved ones, this will go a long way to making them feel included -decorate cookies together, create a gingerbread house, latkes, or a favorite holiday dish.
  • Make sure your loved one’s house is SAFELY but well decorated for the holidays. Do some of the decorating together with some favorite pieces that will engage them in conversation for days to come with whomever visits their home or residence.
  • Exercise as much as you or your loved ones are physically able to do safely; it will help keep endorphins up and moods high.
Send Holiday Cards:
  • Update your holiday card list and send out holiday cards either the old fashion way or electronically.
Gift Wrapping:
  • Have a gift wrapping event to get your loved one in the gift giving spirit. You can play festive music and dress festively to boost the mood.
Get Creative:
  • Creative activities, such as scrapbooking, putting together a seasonal song book, card making, storytelling and reminiscing, is a great way to distract seniors when they are feeling down.
Jump into Technology:
  • Use Amazon Echo or Echo Dot with Amazon music to play favorite music and songs in your home with pre-made or custom made playlists.


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