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December 1, 2023

Embracing the Holiday Season: Finding Joy and Connection Amidst the Blues with Carriage Court Senior Living

Category: Wellness

Author: Sharon Kirchner, 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 Carriage Court Senior Living, we understand celebrating during 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:

  • loved ones no longer around
  • families living far away
  • older adults not being able to travel
  • being single

The signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress we should monitor for during the holiday season include staying by oneself or in their room, not talking with other people, not taking care of themselves as usual, and crying.

To help residents eliminate the holiday blues, we include them in events, invite groups to visit, plan holiday parties, and create crafting events. Loneliness is one of the most common causes of depression in older adults during the holiday season. To help combat that, we make more events with individuals from outside the community.

Our community encourages new and fulfilling traditions by asking residents to share their traditions from the holidays.

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 be helpful as the holidays approach.

Carriage Court Senior Living in Hilliard, OH offers 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 Dublin Methodist Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Heritage Golf Club, The Market at Hilliard, Ten Pin Bowling, Crooked Can Brewery & Center Street Market , and the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center.

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