Important Christmas Statistics

December 1, 2017

We all know the stories and statistics of the three wise men, the twelve days of Christmas and the ten reindeer that pull Santa's sleigh, but do you know about the statistics on our elderly population?   

We all remember the joys of the holidays!  We had instant smiles and budding excitement.   For many the stress of the economy, poor health, loneliness and an uncertain future have dulled the spirit of the holidays.

By 2020, an estimated 13.3 million elderly will live alone.

Nearly one out of every 4 households is involved in caregiving to a person over 50 years of age.Of these households 92% of the caregivers also work outside of the home and 41% of them have children to care for too.

Approximately 4 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and 70% of them are cared for at home.

This Christmas take time out of your hectic schedule to bring holiday cheer to an elderly  friend or family member.  There are a few things we can all do to bring comfort and joy  back into the holidays for the elderly:

Encourage "healthy" reminiscing - Lend a listening ear and focus on good and fun memories.

Involve them in holiday activities - Include them in decorating the tree, get advice on a recipe, or signing holiday cards.

Let technology help - Invite family members to SKYPE to keep in touch.

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If caregiving has become overwhelming, reach out to the caring staff at Piedmont Crossing. We offer numerous service levels that can provide the right amount of care needed. If you prefer to keep your loved one at home, give Mitzi in our Home Care department a call. Give us a call at 336-472-2017 or 336-474-3605.