Post Holiday Blues

Dear Lyn,

Now that the holidays are over and the relatives have gone home, I’m afraid my mother will fall into a depression.  The continuous rain we are having hasn’t helped any!  Do you have any suggestions to help her get through the winter months?

Carol, Chico

Dear Carol,

Winter can be difficult because of the rainy, cold weather and the let down from the companionship and activities of the holidays.  Grandchildren can also be a big help in cheering up so involve them in your activities.  Cooking or baking together or playing card or board games can be bonding experiences for them.  There are also many programs at the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 895-4711 for seniors, California State University offers non-credit courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 898-6679.  Passages Adult Resource Center-898-5923 has volunteer opportunities.  There are also two adult day programs in town-the Peg Taylor Center-342-2345 and the Country Club at the Commons-342-7002.  So, as you can see, there is a wide variety of choices for stimulating activities for your mother.   Also, for you, the Encore Lecture Series for Boomers and Beyond will begin again on Jan.  18th –the topic is Understanding  Depression.  It will be from 10-11a at the CARD Office.  

Sincerely, Lyn