December 9, 2022

Chestnut Hill Senior Living Prepares for Possible Holiday Blues

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Leslie Bright, 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!

Some common causes of depression during the holiday season are being away from family, not residing in an original home, and the death of loved ones. Signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress we should monitor for during the holiday season include crying, seclusion, loss of appetite, and decreased desire to participate in activities that were once enjoyable.

We can help eliminate the holiday blues for our residents by engaging with them, recognizing when they are down or not themselves, and offering support. Loneliness is one of the most common causes of depression in the elderly during the holiday season. It is important to be present for them and encourage families to visit.

By participating in community events and recognizing different traditions, this may encourage new and fulfilling traditions for the residents.

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 Chestnut Hill Senior Living hope some of these ideas will be helpful as the holidays approach.

Chestnut Hill Senior Living in Columbus, OH offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Newly renovated in 2021. Amenities at Chestnut Hill include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located just east of Hamilton Road and Morse Road with quick access to Hwy 161, Gahanna, New Albany, and the greater Columbus area.

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5055 Thompson Road

Columbus, OH 43230

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