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Avoiding Holiday Depression

The holiday season is often referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many, joy is hard to find. Depression in seniors is especially prominent around Thanksgiving and Christmas due to a variety of factors. Physical reasons, like shorter days, colder weather, and physical impairments that keep seniors from participating in holiday activities, and emotional reasons like loneliness, missing deceased loved ones, and wishing for happier holidays gone by.  Even the expectation that one is supposed to be especially joyful this time of year can trigger sadness and depression. “The holidays are a time of tradition…

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