'Tis the season for family and friends, but for those who spend the holidays alone, it might only add to the loneliness and depression. According to a national study, more than 80 percent of seniors say time with others would be the best gift they could receive this year.
Lee Harrell is with a local company called "Home Instead Senior Care.” It provides companions and caregivers for seniors in the area.
"Some of them do get depressed if family's not in town, and it's not the family's fault, it's either a logistical or financial situation in today's mobile society."
Harrell says it's important to stay in touch during the holidays and little things like sending Christmas cards or packages can brighten someone's day.
David Jennings and his mother rely on the Senior Care to take care of the extra services that David can't always do when he's away on business.
"A lot of people don't want to talk about these issues, but they're real. This is part of life. You don't think about getting old. You don't think about not being told to do all the things you used to be able to do, but hey, it happens."
And David says talking is key to a quality lifestyle for your older family members.
"We talk about this stuff pretty regularly. I try to give her a call everyday and visit here. I travel a bit, so I'm not in town a lot, so that's why having the positive influence of these folks here really helps my peace of mind."
David's mother, Emilie, says together they can work through the services and help she needs without any hassle.
"My son is a very, very, very good son. I couldn't ask for anything better."
Staying involved after the holidays are important as well. The hustle and bustle will stop, but a family's love will always remain. For more information about Home Instead Senior Care visit their website at www.homeinstead.com.