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senior gift givingThe Holidays For Older Folk: A Challenging Time
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are there more suicides during the holiday season than any other time of year? How can the loneliness of those without friends or relations be alleviated? Read on for some tips for lonely hearts and souls of all ages. Follow them and perhaps the whole situation will change. Read on, if you dare.

Despite the obvious festivities of the season, more suicides occur during the Christmas holidays than any other time of year. A closer look at the symbolism involved with the holidays makes things very clear. The family, even if it is dysfunctional, is the core of our essence, and when people are alone, it’s missing and often magnified out of proportion. No one has a family like that depicted on that old television show, "Father Knows Best," and yet the ideal seems to substitute for the reality when the holidays draw near.

senior guy gardening Sharing and being happy are no small tasks when grown children and relatives are far way in another state or land. (Unless you are a part of Ray Barone’s family on "Everybody Loves Raymond." In that case, your alone time is not only appreciated but also coveted.) But our lives don’t end when our children grow up to lead their own lives or even when spouses die or go their separate ways after years of being together. As difficult and painful as some of these situations are, in the end they make us stronger as survivors. The advent of "upper middle age" is a crossroads not meant for wimps, with new tools to help us cope with life’s sometimes very cruel challenges.

senior gal gardening For the older among us, the holidays can be a terrible time, bringing forth like a rushing tide feelings of loneliness, loss and despair. Here are some suggestions to get through them, not barely, but triumphantly. Consider these helpful tips this holiday season before going to battle with yourself, and remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who once said: "Do something every day that scares you". Be reasonable. Don’t take a nap on the railroad tracks just to see what will happen.

Reach out to the people you know and used to know except if you owe them money. (Only kidding.) Just "reaching out and touching someone" like that old television commercial will make you feel better because it will force you to realize that you are not the only lonely person in the world.

senior with petAdopt a Pet:
If you like animals and don’t have one, get one. Now. There’s nothing more comforting than the unconditional love and companionship a pet can offer. Our animals do so much more for us than we do for them and the love they radiate cannot help but warm the chilliest corners of your soul. (Do not pick a pet that weighs more than you. If you do, then proceed at your own risk.)

Seize Opportunities for Socializing:
This does not mean to seize some unsuspecting, hapless passerby and bring him or her kicking and screaming to your house. It does mean, however, that you should look for ways to get more involved with other people as you go about the routine of your daily life. Invite a co-worker to lunch, call an old friend or make a new one.

We found a great source for gifts.

For yourself or for a friend.

Don't miss this excellent book:

Senior Moments

by Jacqueline D. Byrd

Senior Moments

This book is full of valuable information and includes a detailed table of contents that makes finding specific topics and resources easy. As an attorney specializing in Elder Law, she is eminently qualified to advise seniors and caregivers on various issues such as estate planning, health care, senior housing, and other challenges ranging from how to tell when it's time to stop driving, to avoiding scams and staying happy into old age. A moving and informative book written about a difficult subject in a clear and an uncomplicated style.

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