Experts: Seniors increasingly lonely during holiday season

Experts: Seniors increasingly lonely during holiday season
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For many people, the Holiday Season is the most wonderful time of the year but for some seniors, it can be the loneliest time of the year.

"Depression among our senior citizens is very common," said Sharon Baker with Capitol Hill Healthcare. "Most of the depression we see is because of a decline in medical condition or a medical diagnosis."

Capitol Hill Healthcare is a long-term care and short-term rehab center in Montgomery. Administrators say many seniors who live in care centers can feel alone. Some don't have any family nearby, others are dealing with illnesses of financial worries.

It can be overwhelming, but there are some things we can do to make this time of year easier.

"We try to incorporate all of the positive holiday memories and activities with our residents. They do everything we do. They shop for loved ones, exchange presents, share memories."

Health care experts say social interaction and daily activities can make a huge difference. And you can help by just listening and being a friend. If you need more help with information on senior-care you can contact Capitol Hill Healthcare by clicking this link.  

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