The holidays for some are known as the ‘silly season.’ Some people don’t fully understand what all the fuss is about. They may feel lonely and wish the holiday season would just pass so that they wouldn’t have to hear about it in the news, whenever they go to the store, or anytime that they turn on the TV. It’s important to understand how the holidays can affect people and how it can lead to depression. If you know someone who receives elder care, or may require some level of assistance, it’s a good idea to become familiar with some of the common reasons why people get depressed during this time of the year.
Depression can affect anyone for any number of reasons, but for certain reasons, it affects more people during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. It doesn’t matter whether they are young or old, depression can still be potent. So no matter whether your loved one is already receiving some level of elderly health care or other type of care or not, consider some of these factors as potentially leading to depression for them.
- Loss of independence. When you spend most of your life taking care of yourself and others, it can be a tough pill to swallow in having to give up that level of independence. When it comes to the holidays, having to rely on a ride to the store or help from others to ship for gifts can highlight your own limitations.
- Financial struggles. When you’re an elderly individual living on a fixed income, it can make things more difficult for you, especially during the holidays when you want to provide for your loved ones.
- Being alone. This is one of the biggest factors in depression for elderly individuals around the holidays. When they are alone, and if they don’t have any family who is visiting them, this can make them feel more isolated. When you feel isolated during the holidays, for many people at least, it can make you feel as though you’re alone in the world and this can lead to depression.
It’s important to make sure that your loved ones feel welcome, wanted, and loved during the holidays. Even if you can’t be there for them or with them personally, and even if they are receiving any level of elder care, keep these factors in mind and if you believe that they may be depressed, speak to them and a medical professional about it. It’s too important of a topic to pass over.