While there are various positive aspects and associations related to the festive period, Christmastime can also result in loneliness becoming clearer for people to see. The Mental Health Foundation has found that 19.7 per cent of people aged 16 years old and above across the UK showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, while the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were five per cent of adults throughout England alone who reported feeling lonely either ‘often’ or ‘always’ in 2016 to 2017.
ELVES were running around a Tyneside care home spreading Christmas cheer and raising funds for the fight against dementia. Willowdene Care Home, in Hebburn, near Newcastle, took part in The Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Elf Day.
Staff and residents’ family members all dressed as Santa’s helpers for the day.
The residents enjoyed watching Elf, among other Christmas movies, singing carols, playing a Name The Elf game and tucking into a selection of cakes.
Lynda Jones, daughter of resident Joan Welsh, baked pumpkin cake and iced lime cake for the occasion.
The home raised £54 for the Alzheimer’s Society, with the funds going towards supporting those with dementia.
FATHER Christmas made an appearance at a Chester-le-Street care home’s festive fayre – helping to raise over £1,000 for residents.
The event at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, attracted dozens of visitors, including family and friends of residents and staff.
Santa’s grotto, jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls, homemade Christmas cards, cakes and hotdogs all helped raise £1,016.
The money will be added to the residents’ fund, which helps pay for events, activities and outings throughout the year.
Resident Florence Besford said: “It’s lovely to see you, Father Christmas.
Christopher Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas fayre.
Top tips from SuperCarers’ Founder, Adam Pike
One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number and at a time traditionally for catching up with loved ones, no one should be alone over the festive period. But living alone shouldn’t mean feeling lonely. Get planning now to see relatives and friends. From drinks on Christmas Eve to a New Year’s Day walk, there are plenty of opportunities to get social over the holidays
Spreading the Christmas cheer
Over 12 million of us head away over the festive period, so stock the car with snacks, plan your route and brave the roads! It’s a great time of year to make the most of the bank holidays and visit elderly relatives and friends who may struggle to travel
Ebor Court care home in York hosted a community Christmas lunch this week for local older people who may be lonely or isolated. It is estimated that for 17% of older people, contact with family, friends and neighbours is less than once a week, and this is especially difficult during the Christmas period. Ebor Court therefore invited those who may feel alone to join their residents to enjoy some quality time with likeminded people, participating in good old conversation and fun activities.
If you’re hosting Christmas this year for a friend or family member with dementia, follow our five simple tips to make the festive season merry and stress-free for all.
With one in six people over the age of 80 suffering from dementia in the UK1, it’s likely you know someone with the disease.
Sufferers have difficulties with memory, mood, communication, reasoning and orientation. A stay away from home, even for a short time, can pose a real challenge.
But there’s nothing that makes Christmas more than a big family gathering, and for many dementia sufferers a change of scene can be really beneficial. Perhaps you also want to relieve a relative who does most of the day-to-day caring.
Make this Christmas special by taking part in Fine Care’s Christmas decoration competition, and get assured gifts. For full details visit the website www.finecare247.com and register to take part in the competition.
To enter, all you have to do is decorate your medical establishment, take pictures of it from three different angles, then visit the website and upload pictures at the mentioned fields.