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Local retirement estate helping prevent "holiday blues" for seniors

Stacey Spivey
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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6:53pm

Most of you are probably getting excited about Christmas next week, but for some Christmas isn't so merry, especially if you're missing a loved one.  According to the National Institute of Health about 20% of the elderly population suffers from depression, and it becomes even worse during the holidays.

"Christmas is one of those times of year that brings back all kinds of memories and all kinds of sadness to them," said Linda Cole of Rosewood Estates.  To get rid of holiday blues,  Rosewood Estates in Tyler creates a cheerful environment for its residents.  They go all out with Christmas decorations,  bring in musical talents to perform, and have activities every hour on the hour.  "It's really important to them, it lifts their spirits," said Cole.

Each day leading up to Christmas they will be enjoying holiday fun.  From community caroling, to a white elephant Christmas party, they are uniting their community this Christmas.

92 year old Ruby Brown is a resident at Rosewood Estates, and remembers past holidays with her family.  "When i was young with my parents i lived on a farm, we had a tree out of the backyard that he cut for us..we didn't have elaborate Christmases like now," said Brown.  She said its hard to think about the past, but you can't dwell on memories.  However, Brown believes Rosewood makes Christmas a little merrier.  "I've been very happy, especially since i came here...you cant be here very long until you learn to smile," said Brown.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Rosewood Estates - http://rosewoodestatestyler.com/

Holiday blues - https://www.emeritus.com/elder-care-resources/faq/holiday-blues-depressi...

 

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