“And provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3 – KJV
Contrary to what some might believe, depression is not a normal part of the aging process. Depression can impact anyone at any age, depending on genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental factors. Aging brings unique challenges, and some of those challenges may trigger loneliness and depression in some people.
Each stage we travel through in life includes many significant changes, and the golden years are no exception. Older adults can experience significant experiences that may trigger depression in some. Retirement can be a very difficult transition, especially for those who rely on their career to define their purpose. Health changes may trigger depression in others as their bodies develop a physical limitation or disability, and they are no longer able to do activities they love. Retirement and being less
active can both result in isolation, which can be yet another trigger for depression.
Everyone experiences days of sadness here and there, but if you or a loved one starts displaying more serious warning signals of depression, take action by advising them to speak with a professional counselor. Counselors can help identify symptoms of depression, including a loss of interest in hobbies or activities, changes in sleep, changes in appetite, withdrawing socially, physical aches and pains, being overly irritable, general apathy, and memory loss that’s not related to dementia.
If these symptoms are coming to the surface in your life or a loved one, the good news is that there is help available. Seek the advice of a mental health professional who can provide therapy to support those in need along the way. With that said, for seniors that may not commute, there are Online Christian Counselors who conveniently extend their attention towards listening to you, empathize with your loneliness, and guide you or your loved one toward experiencing joy during this difficult holiday season. To start with, NuWell Counseling Services, online Christian Counselors, is a wonderful agency to begin your journey.
At NuWell Counseling Services, we understand why holidays are so important to seniors; namely, it’s because a realization has been reached. A milestone has come, and you recognize that life can be hard for all of us, but it does have to be lonely.
Therefore, every holiday should be considered a time of happiness. A time to go out and celebrate the fact that you are a senior and you are still enjoying life to the fullest. Nothing is promised in this life. We are not guaranteed that life will be easy, that it will be pleasant, or that we will live to a ripe old age. However, what we can do as human beings is to give our best each day. We can always help others, love our family and friends, and try to make this world a better place.
NuWell Counseling Services considers your happiness, joy, celebration, and importance. Call and schedule a free consultation with an online Christian counselor who is qualified to help you regain a sense of joy; yes, even at your age, God can restore that which was lost and give you beauty for aches. ‘Tis the season to be joyful (Jolly), Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. We’re waiting to help you unwrap the gift of experiencing joy!