Keep in regular, contact with your loved ones
Make sure you have regular, non-face-to-face contact with any loved ones isolating during this time, especially if you know that they suffer from existing mental health conditions such as depression or dementia.
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Most of us use Christmas as a time to reflect on the year gone past or plan for the year ahead so why not use it as an opportunity to learn more about dementia, particularly if you are spending more time with a loved one who may be living with the condition over the festive period.
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Talk to someone if you need to
If you are feeling particularly lonely over the Christmas period, there are volunteer helplines available offering you a comforting ear.
Silver Line – Call 0800 4 70 80 90
Samaritans – Call 116 123
Age UK – Call 0800 678 1602 (open 8am – 7pm daily)
Gather round a Christmas Classic
Nothing says Christmas quite like a good film, and there is evidence to suggest that elderly relatives engaging with media from their childhood, can improve cognitive functioning. Here are just some of our favourite classics.
Christmas Eve – Channel Five, Scrooge 11:55am and Channel Four, Home Alone 6pm
Christmas Day – BBC Two, Casablanca 11:10am and Channel Five, Love Actually 10:40pm
Boxing Day – BBC Two, Singin’ in the Rain 12:40pm