Depression During the Holidays

The holidays are a time when people generally feel happy, but for elderly adults with chronic illnesses or disabilities, it can be tough. They often feel left out because they can’t do the things they used to enjoy. Also, many live alone and don’t have relatives nearby to celebrate with. This isolation can cause them to feel depressed during what’s supposed to be a joyful season. To help ease their difficulty, learn the signs of holiday depression in older adults.

Holiday Memories

The holidays are a time that’s meant to be spent with loved ones and friends, participating in cherished traditions. But for those of us who have lost somebody close to us, the holiday season can be really tough. Grief is never easy, but it may hit older adults particularly hard if they’re spending the holidays without a spouse or close friend by their side. A lot of the traditions that used to feel natural and easy might now seem impossible without our loved ones around. In some cases, the grief combined with the stress of the holiday season can lead to depression. For older adults who are grieving, it’s important to reach out for support. With help, older adults can get through the tough times and enjoy the holidays again.


The holiday season can be daunting for the elderly who often feel left out due to large crowds or over-complicated plans. If you see somebody sitting on the sidelines, take a moment to ask how you could help make it easier for them participate. A little extra effort goes a long way towards ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves during this special time of year.

This isolation can cause them to feel depressed during what’s supposed to be a joyful season.

Signs of Depression

Depression is a major mental illness that often goes unnoticed, but it can have seriously negative effects on every aspect of sufferers’ lives. It does not discriminate based on who you are, and anyone regardless of age, race, or gender can suffer from it. If any of the symptoms below sound familiar to you, please reach out for help because there are many people who will support you through this tough time.

Check out these most common signs of depression:

• Persistent sadness or empty mood
• Loss of interest in hobbies or activities
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Loss of energy or increased fatigue
• Changes in appetite or weight
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
• Restlessness or irritability
• Memory problems
• Lack of motivation

What Can You Do?

Though it’s possible to treat depression, professional help is key. Depression can be improved by socializing with people you’re close to— even when you don’t want to leave the house. With treatment and a solid support system, many people who suffer from depression are lead happier lives without intense symptoms.

How Avanti Senior Living at Peoria Helps Residents During the Holidays

For many people, the holidays are a time for family, friends, and traditions. But for seniors living in assisted living communities, the holiday season can be a time of isolation and loneliness.. At Avanti Senior Living at Peoria, we work hard to make sure our residents feel connected and loved during the holidays. We love going above and beyond to make our community festive for the holidays! We also know how important it is for residents to feel connected and engaged, so we host events and activities like crafting sessions and holiday gatherings. By creating a warm atmosphere, we help our residents enjoy the holidays even while they’re away from home.