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4 Ways To Help The Elderly Combat Post-Holiday Loneliness

Help Me Howard WPIX Blog

As the holidays draw to a close, and younger family members quickly return to their regular, busy lives, the elderly often don't have as much to keep them busy, and could get depressed being alone after all of the holiday togetherness. Doctor Marion, elder care expert and the creator of a new suite of eldercare iPhone apps (Elder 411 and Elder 911) offers four ways to help your elder combat loneliness after the holidays:

" Stay in Touch: Getting in touch with your elder immediately after the holidays via phone, letter or email will go a long way towards helping them feel loved and remembered, long after the decorations are taken down.

" Make a Date: If you're close, set up a time to visit your elder in person after the holidays. It will give them something new to look forward to and help them combat feelings of depression and loneliness, knowing that they will be seeing a loved one soon.

" Send a Gift: Don't reserve the gift-giving just for the holiday season! Send your elder a small gift like flowers that require little care, or even a magazine subscription. Anything that shows you're thinking about your elder can work wonders.

" Write a Note: Mail a hand-written "Thank You" note that tells your elder how much you appreciated their involvement in your holiday experience. Consider including photos taken at the holiday event, and be sure to write out the date, names and ages of each person on the back of the photo to help jog their memory.


More about Dr. Marion's recently launched 2 elder care "apps" for the iPhone. They offer quick access to tons of tips for those with older people in their lives.

· The apps -

o Built with the help of Presto, which makes technology for seniors

o Practical tips and advice gleaned from Dr. Marion's nearly 40 years of experience working with the elderly and those who care for them

o Elder 411: rich resource of care-giving information, for anytime use or planning ahead which is so important

o Elder 911: specifically for emergencies, if a parent falls or suddenly falls ill - just the info you need at the hospital, with the doctor, etc.


For more information:

" Elder Care Made Easier" Dr. Marion Somers, Ph.D


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