December 9, 2022
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!
The holiday season is a common time for people to feel depressed. One major cause of depression during the holidays is feeling alone. Depression, anxiety, and stress can manifest in similar ways. Signs and symptoms to look out for include, but not limited to, feeling withdrawn, sleeping more, feeling more irritable, changes in weight, and losing interest in activities they once enjoyed.
Here at The Princeton, we help eliminate the holiday blues by encouraging our residents and their families to get involved in our community. Residents, families, and employees volunteer their time in many ways including playing the piano, singing Christmas carols, and cookie decorating with our residents. Also, Arrow Senior Living celebrates the holidays with 45 Days of Holiday Cheer!
The elderly is particularly vulnerable during the holidays due to loneliness. Over the holiday make time to reach out to your loved ones and reminisce with them about family traditions. Send pictures for them to surround themselves with and share with others. Volunteer your time at senior communities, taking time to read to them, play card games, or calling bingo.
Establishing new traditions is a great way to discourage loneliness over the holidays. Sometimes it’s as simple as modifying current traditions, such as changing the location. Here at The Princeton we have multiple private dining areas and community rooms to aid in hosting events for the holidays or any time of year. Oftentimes smells and taste bring up memories, so start a new tradition of hosting a potluck with your favorite holiday meals.
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 The Princeton Senior Living hope some of these ideas will be helpful as the holidays approach.
The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, MO offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located with easy access to a wide variety of attractions and local shopping.
February 24, 2023
No matter our age, building relationships with others is fundamental in enriching our lives. Research has shown that people who enjoy healthy relationships, live longer and happier lives. Maintaining relationships as we age has numerous health benefits such as increasing our physical and mental health, increasing mental acuity, promoting laughter and more! At The Princeton […]
December 16, 2022
The past year was an exciting year for all of us here at The Princeton Senior Living. I enjoyed having the opportunity to open a new community, build sustaining relationships with the staff, residents, and families, and, at the end of the day, go home with a strong sense of pride. I am most proud […]