Seminar Focused on Curing Holiday Blues

The holidays might be all about festive moods and family time, but sometimes circumstances make it difficult to share in the Christmas spirit. That might be even more common among seniors who perhaps have lost a loved one or who live far away from their family.

That’s the reason for “Surviving the Holiday Blues,” a free seminar slated for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Parsons House Preston Hollow, an assisted-living facility. The speaker will be Fred Bacon, chaplain at Hospice Compassus in Dallas, who will talk about signs of depression during the holidays, and how stress and expectations sometimes hinder emotional well-being.

According to a Parsons House press release, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to connect with elderly relatives and for seniors to engage in important social interaction. Social interaction among seniors lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, and depression. It also helps to keep their brains active and healthy.

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