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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010


These ten holiday tips for seniors can help you to enjoy the holiday season ahead.  That's because this list of ten holiday tips for seniors suggest simple techniques for keeping you and the season under control so that you can really relax and settle  in to a full season of celebration . The real bonus of these ten holiday tips for seniors is that they are just the beginning of your holiday survival plan.  Once you start considering holiday tips for seniors you are likely to drum up a few more ideas all on your own to make the holiday season truly senior friendly.

1.It's Not a Sprint It's a Marathon Does the thought of the holidays put your internal engine into overdrive?  Does your mind race to a thousand thing you feel you really have to do in order for the holidays to be perfect? Well whatever your must do list amounts to, the best way to maintain the joy of the holiday season and your own good mental and physical health is to recognize that the holidays stretch over almost an entire month and they don't have to be perfect to be wonderful. 

You really don't have to do everything immediately, or the moment you think of it.  Actually you don't have to do everything, at all.  Avoid the pressure; make a list in advance of all the things big and small that you want to do to prepare for the holidays.  Then prioritize your list.  Give each item a number depending on its importance to you.  Spend your time working on the things that are most important and forget about the rest.  And take your time doing whatever you do. Too much effort up front will leave you exhausted and irritable when it's time to do the things you really want to enjoy

2. Take as many naps as you can  One of the most important things that you can do for yourself and those around you is to be rested.  Accomplish what you can each day as the holidays approach but don't skip a nap in order to shop or clean more or longer. Your body and mind are used to a certain pattern of rest and activity.  Overdue too much and you will pay the price and so will those around you if exhaustion leaves you out of sorts or grumpy as a result of being off your personal schedule. 

 3. Eat Healthy   There are just too many opportunities during the holiday season to overeat, eat the wrong things, or eat at crazy hours. An important holiday tip for seniors is to remember to use good common sense when it comes to holiday indulgence.  Of course eating is a part of the seasonal joy.  But reason needs to rule. Know limitations and enjoy what you can within those guidelines.  There's nothing enjoyable about a stomach ache, diarrhea, a bump up in your blood pressure or an allergic reaction.  You know what your body deserves for the holidays and for the whole year though.  If it helps just pretend that your doctor is sitting down to dinner with you that should restore your judgment.

 4.Wash Your Hands A Lot  Signs in many doctors’ offices warn about the ease with which disease can be spread.  Your hands touch all kinds of surfaces and can bring you in touch with all kinds of germs.  Your defense, wash your hands frequently, especially when you go out of your own home environment.  A good holiday tip for seniors is to stay healthy and ready for the joys of the season by washing your hands a bit more frequently during the holiday season. 
5. Don’t Shop Beyond Your Means
 The holidays make us all a little crazy.  We want to buy for those grandchildren, dear friends, spouses, the list seems endless.  A good holiday tip for seniors is to remember that your supply of money isn't as endless as your gift list.  Staying within your pre-set budget will put your mind at ease and keep you from wondering what to do when those credit card bills start arriving.  No one on your list wants you to suffer anxiety during the holidays just because you felt you had to buy one more gift.  Only you can keep a good hold on your common sense and your own purse strings. 

 6. Share a Holiday Tradition  You know that the holidays are a lot more than just shopping for gifts.  Take a little time to share something special during the holiday season with friends or family.- something drawn from your own holiday memories.  It can be making cookies, creating decorations, arranging a center piece or taking a simple walk in the snow.  It'll give you joy both in looking back and in the present moment

 7. Keep a Song in Your Heart   Sometimes the holidays can get seniors down.  A really helpful holiday tip for seniors that are feeling the melancholy of the season is to break the cycle by listening to some happy holiday music.  Nothing slow or overly sentimental but something upbeat, sparkling and fun will get rid of the blues and keep you humming long after the music has been turned off.  You can sing along if you like but just treating your mind and heart to some music and joy can give you a lift that lasts the day, and one you can easily share with others.
8. Connect with Joy    The holidays can also be kept bright by making a connection with old friends and relatives who live at a distance and whom you seldom see.  Sending a card can get the job done and an e-mail will definitely get read, but hearing the voice of an old friend on the phone is a gift you can give yourself with only a slight tweaking of your budget.

9.  Enjoy Everything    When the season starts to really get busy here's one holiday tip for seniors you want to hold on to.  Don't let yourself get so centered on one holiday gathering that you miss some of the smaller joys of the season.  A quiet visit with a dear friend, a concert at the high school, carolers at the mall, checking out the local holiday lights these are simple joys, they don't cost much but they fill the season with memorable moments and bring you out of your own holiday seclusion or obsession.

 10. What Is the Holiday All About  The last and probably the most important holiday tip for seniors is perhaps the one you need to put into effect first.  Before the season takes hold, sit back for a moment and think about the season to come.  Bring to mind why it is that you celebrate this season every year without fail.  What does this time of year mean to you…not to anyone else, just to you?  Put up some decoration, light a candle or display a picture that can serve as a focus and a daily reminder throughout the season of the true meaning of the holidays for you.  Maybe you'll put up a family photo, a wreath you have had forever, a crèche, a menorah. Whatever it is, this central focus should help to convince you to make good use of the other nine tips so that you can enjoy the kind of holiday season that will be meaningful and joyous for you and yours and will be remembered