|Young at heart|
|Written by Erin LeBlanc|
With the holidays right around the corner, many seniors may be beginning to feel their anxiety levels rising. Depression is a serious condition that affects a large portion of our senior citizens in the United States.
Many seniors still grieve the loss of a spouse, siblings and close friends, and with grown children and grandchildren living in other parts of the state or country, close contact may be difficult or infrequent, especially with the looming holidays..
It is important that you preplan activities that will assist with the holiday depression. If you have friends that may be feeling the same way, try to plan a get-together and enjoy one another’s company. Prepare a meal, and maybe an afternoon walk.
Volunteer. I believe there are probably many residents in the local nursing homes and assisted living that would love to have a visitor to sit and talk with during this time of year as well.
Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or neighbor if you can join them for their holiday meal. Sometimes we (friends and neighbors) assume that everyone has a place to be and don’t always realize that there may be those that do not, and would not even give it a second thought if we would set an additional place at the dining room table.
We should not underestimate the amazing power that each one of us has to encourage others on a daily basis and lift those up that may be in need. Be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day, and every morning the sun comes up.
Depression can tend to linger longer in our elderly population since it most likely may be compounded by other factors such as medical health conditions; long-term illnesses and chronic pain can make depression even more difficult. If the depression continues to linger even after the holidays, it is best to seek the advice of your physician.
Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is almost upon us. Sign-up events have been scheduled; please call me to schedule your reservation time. Keep an eye out for paperwork to arrive from your current provider and changes that will go into effect the first of the new year. Depending on those changes, you may or may not want to change providers.
It is important that you look these papers over carefully, as this is where it is usually noted whether your deductible will change, costs of medication and changes in services. In most cases this will be the only time you are able to change—during open enrollment.
If you attend Meet and Eat and/or Home Delivery in Haxtun, please update the reservation telephone number. You now need to call Diana Craven at 970-774-7853.
Meet and Eat will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Erin LeBlanc, Senior Service Coordinator/Ombudsman for Phillips County, 970-854-2949.