For Release on November 15, 2011:
Joy, Giving and Friendships
Key to Beating the Holiday Blues
Families and Friends of Senior Star Residents Will Celebrate the Holidays
at the Annual Holiday Public Open House on December 8th from 5-7pm.
(Davenport, IA) – For seniors, the holidays can be a time of mixed blessings: while the hustle and bustle of the season can bring back joyful memories of Christmases past, these memories can also be a source of depression if loved ones are not close by.
At Senior Star at Elmore Place, Davenport, the holidays are filled with the sounds of children’s laughter and song, tree decorating and eggnog by the fireplace, crafting projects like gingerbread house making, and community opportunities to see a holiday show or volunteer for others.
“The holidays here are unique and special,” says Executive Director Cathy Hughes. “Our holiday weeks are jam packed with opportunities for residents to make new friends, connect with children, create something beautiful, or enjoy an outing to see a good holiday show, concert or lights tour.
“At times we all can suffer from the holiday blues, but the key is to understand feelings of loss are normal, and to then reach out to fill your days with opportunities to help others and share the season’s joy with those around you.”
Among the numerous holiday activities at Senior Star, one popular program is called “Santa to a Senior.” In this program, residents are invited to give back to the community by being a Santa to a Senior. They pick a name from the Senior Santa Tree and provide a gift to that senior in the Quad City area.
In addition to volunteerism, there’s plenty of time to socialize with fireside holiday stories, ornament decorating, a children’s holiday piano concert and sing-along with the Girl Scouts.
“Our activities make Senior Star a special place this time of year,” says Kaylan Hamerlinck, Assisted Living Program Director at Senior Star. “Our goal is to create cherished memories. There’s laughter, good food, and the sound of children in our halls, and that makes all the difference to everyone.”
5 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues
1. Accept invitations – Get together with friends and family members Avoid isolation by attending holiday parties and other events. If your social calendar has many open days, host your own small gathering.
2. Help others – Volunteering can be a fulfilling, uplifting experience that can benefit everyone involved.
3. Create new memories. Seniors need new things to anticipate. Add something new to the holiday celebration, or volunteer your family to help others. Enjoy activities that are free.
4. Limit stress —If you feel the annual trappings of shopping, decorating, cooking and attending social events risks becoming overwhelming, limit the activities you commit to.
5. Attend holiday community events —Most communities offer special events during the holidays, such as theatrical and orchestral performances, that can be enjoyable to look forward to and to attend.
Senior Star Holiday Public Open House
The Holiday Open House is open to the public. December 8th from 5-7pm. Appetizers and Eggnog will be served. Please RSVP to 563-359-0100 by 5pm, December 5, 2011.
About Senior Star:
Senior Star, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a private company founded in 1976 that entered the senior housing business in 1989. Today, the company has become a nationally recognized industry leader for providing quality and innovative services. The organization’s portfolio includes 10 retirement communities in six states offering independent, assisted living and memory care options.
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