Along with the traditions of family gatherings and holiday meals, holidays tend to add to the stress a caregiver may feel. Holidays can lead to depression and feelings of isolation and loneliness for the seniors in your life. While loneliness and isolation can be year-round elements, holidays tend to amplify them.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in service to our nation. We owe our veterans such gratitude and honor and want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has, or is currently serving! Without you, our lives could be a lot different!
Mother's Day is a time to think about the legacies our mothers and grandmothers pass on. At LifeFone, we thought it would be fun to learn a bit of the history behind celebrating Mother's Day. Many believe that Mother's Day was developed as a commercial holiday by Hallmark or some other company to sell cards, candy, flowers, jewelry, and so on. Or, the belief is that it's a day solely to celebrate the domestic role of women in the home, and with a family surrounding them. However, neither of these perceptions is accurate.
What do you buy for the "person who has everything"? That is the question faced by many holiday shoppers, whether it's for Christmas or birthdays. There comes a point in most people's lives when they either want for nothing or if they see something they want, they will purchase it themselves. If you are at that stage with your aging parents, here are some ideas from LifeFone:
Your family health history is important. To emphasize that, the Surgeon General, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, launched a national public health campaign called the Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.
Holidays are a wonderful time for most of us; we get together with family and friends some of whom we haven't seen since the previous year. For the elderly in your family though, the holidays can be stressful, depressing or even confusing, especially if their emotional and physical needs are not taken into account.
The holidays always provide a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of daily living, along with the perfect opportunity to savor the company of your loved ones. While filling up on turkey, take the time to embrace the holiday's intended purpose and give thanks for the people in your life by creating lasting memories this Thanksgiving.