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Staying Socially Engaged

An elderly woman loses her husband of 60 years to cancer right before the holiday season. Like so many others who have experienced this, she slips into a state of loneliness and depression. Christmas was her husband’s favorite holiday, and for the first time in decades, he won’t be there to celebrate it with her. She feels completely hopeless, like she will never be happy again. But there is a remedy that could bring her back to herself, and it’s not the latest therapy or pill. It’s something much simpler – people. Recently, researchers have found that social interaction and…

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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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