By Cozette Eldridge

W.P. Co. Field Representative

The RSVP office will be closed Fri. Dec. 21 through Thurs. Dec. 27. It will be open Fri. Dec. 28 and Mon. Dec. 31.

There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. However, many people feel isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time.

If you believe your parent, spouse, friend or neighbor may be depressed, there are steps you can take to lift their spirits.

An honest and empathetic conversation can help them process what is bothering them, whether they are mourning a loss or coming to terms with new challenges in their life. Remind them how important they are as a part of your life, your family members’ lives and these annual holiday celebrations.

Encourage them to do what they can do, so they don’t feel useless or burdensome. Be careful not to act like what you do for them is a duty. Show them they are loved. Help them add decorative touches to their home or care facility room.

Try to decorate in stages to prolong the fun and give them something to look forward to.

Many seniors enjoy reflecting on past holidays as they unpack cherished decorations, so be sure to listen to their stories and ask about special items. Cook traditional baked goods or treats with you loved one if possible.

Or on your visits bring home baked goodies for them to enjoy and share with friends.

The most important thing you can do is to make them feel loved and included. Plan to spend time with them. Regardless of what you decide to do together, any time you can spare is a precious gift. I wish each and every one of you peace and joy throughout Christmas and New Year’s festivities.

SENIOR CENTER MENU

DEC. 24– 28

MONDAY: CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

TUESDAY: CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

WEDNESDAY: Chicken Tenders, Baked Potato Wedges, Broccoli/Cauliflower, Bread, Fruit

THURSDAY: Beef Stroganoff/Noodles, Orange Spinach Salad, Baked Squash, Fruit

FRIDAY: Chili, Cornbread, Mixed Green Salad, Buttermilk Fruit Salad