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Holiday Blues and Older Adults

The carols tell us that winter “Tis the season to be jolly,” but this can often be easier said than done. Many people get the holiday blues, and older adults are no exception, especially if they have recently received difficult news or are struggling with their health. The holiday season can often trigger memories of loved ones who have passed away as well. When a loved one is feeling blue, it is more important than ever for us to rally around them, help to contribute a positive atmosphere and find ways for them to create fresh and happy memories.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/13/2019

Bibbo, J., Curl, A.C., Johnson, R.A. (2019). Pets in the Lives of Older Adults: A Life Course Perspective. Anthrozoös, 32(4), 541-554. doi 10.1080/08927936.2019.1621541

Bibbo, J. (2019). Pet Loss in Older Adulthood. Pet Loss, Grief, and Therapeutic Interventions: Practitioners Navigating the Human-Animal Bond.

Chen, L., Ye, M., Kahana, E. (2019). Process and structure: Service satisfaction and recommendation in a community-based elderly meal service in Shanghai. Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

Winberry, M. (2019, October 15). When You Become a Caregiver: Taking on a New Role. Retrieved from https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/when-you-become-a-caregiver-taking-on-a-new-role