The holidays are the perfect occasion to spend quality time with loved ones and reminisce. It may come as a surprise, but reminiscing can positively affect aging adults and the elderly. The team at BeeHive Homes in New Mexico hopes you’ll make time to reminisce and focus on holiday traditions with your family this holiday season.
Partaking in family traditions is a perfect way to spend the holidays. Ask your seniors what they love and remember most about the holidays in the past. Incorporating some of these traditions into your holiday festivities is a great idea. Traditions may also include certain foods or recipes that bring back good memories. You can also reminisce with your loved ones by looking through old photo albums or bringing out family heirlooms. These items will typically spark a conversation consisting of old stories and experiences.
Reminiscing has been shown to improve the psychological well-being of seniors in many ways. Not only does reliving old memories help to preserve family history, but it also reduces symptoms of depression and reduces stress. When seniors share their memories, it reduces their stress levels by allowing them to deal with unresolved issues and negative emotions by communicating them through stories. This also enhances self-esteem, as it helps your aging family members cope with growing older as they create a new meaning of life by connecting with their past.
While you are with your family this holiday season, we urge you to take the time to connect and tell stories. There is nothing more heartwarming than quality time with the ones you love. If you need help caring for the elderly members of your family during the hustle and bustle of the season, reach out to us at BeeHive Homes. We are here for you, whether you need respite care or long-term assisted living. Our small group homes provide compassionate care in a comfortable, loving home.