5 Tips for Dealing with Depression During the Holidays
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced isolation on so many of us and during the holidays, this can contribute mightily to depression for all of us dealing with this situation. Here are five tips to help elevate everyone’s mood during this difficult time.
Gratitude – think about all the people you interact with and the positive things they’ve brought to your life, even the tiniest gesture of kindness and reach out to say thank you. It will make you feel better, and them as well for being appreciated.
Communicate – with today’s technology, you are able to communicate with a number of platforms. Utilize one of them to say hello and smile at your loved one. You might not be able to be together, but at least you can stay in touch.
Amusement – try to find some amusement in a situation that seems insurmountable, to show you that all is not lost.
Marvel – take a moment to observe some astonishing element of nature, such as a sunset, or cloud formation, or even an ice covered tree, and just focus for a moment on the beauty that surrounds you.
Breathe – finally, just stop and breathe in deeply, hold it for a second, and then breathe out slowly, taking a long time to exhale. Do this several times and it actually slows down your heart rate, calming you, and reducing any stress you might feel.
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EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane
It’s a fact that the US population is living longer and therefore may be in need of Aids to Daily Living. A large portion of these aids are related to mobility and therefore may be helpful due to arthritis, accident or illness. Total Joint Replacement (TJR) is becoming one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries. This includes total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR). One such mobility aid is the portable EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane, made by EZ-Step Mobility. For close to 20 years, the EZ-Step has been assisting those individuals with ambulatory or mobility issues, climb stairs, curbs and sidewalks. It’s also great for getting in and out of automobiles, travel trailers and motorhomes with large steps.
A University Study concluded that using the EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane reduces both the Range of Motion (ROM) and Joint Force Impact required when ascending and descending stairs. Since falling is the number one injury to seniors, the lightweight (2 lbs.) design of the EZ-Step Stair Climbing Cane may help prevent such an accident.
Unique Solutions for Unique Times
Caregiver.buzz is always looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of caregivers and those they are caring for. During the holidays it’s especially depressing for those who are confined and unable to be with their families because of the current pandemic. In our research we came across a system that could help families with relatives in senior communities spend time together.
Viral Sign is a short three-second infra-red thermal scan that produces a comprehensive signature of the face to determine if an individual has symptomatic or even pre-symptomatic effects of any influenza like illness such as COVID 19. Preliminary data indicates that it’s 15 times more effective than testing for symptomatic issues such as temperature. Data has shown that 70% of the individuals flagged later test positive for COVID 19, and the other 30% had influenza like illnesses.
Look for institutions such as senior communities, memory care communities or assisted living communities that utilize this technology so you can be with your loved ones during the holidays season.
Is there a way to test
for memory loss?
Yes, there are many tests on line, but it’s important to do your homework first, because not all memory tests are created equal. To save you some time, here’s a link for Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) from the University of Massachusetts.
This test is used by clinicians to diagnose memory loss. If you find your results suspicious, you might want to talk to your doctor.