Beating The Holiday Blues For Seniors Suffering From Depression

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UPSTATE NEW YORK (CBS)–Many people look forward to seeing friends and family during the holidays. But, there is one group of people who are often forgotten– and one fundraiser looks to change that.

Home Instead Senior Care is holding its annual “Be a Santa to a Senior” event. The event looks to give presents to local seniors with little to no family in the area or who are medically disabled.

Home Instead teams up with local agencies, like Meals on Wheels and the Family and Children’s Society, to bring presents to those who might not have visitors during the holiday season.

These presents are for local elderly people, who otherwise may have little contact with anyone during the holiday season.

“Last year, we received many thank-you cards through the agencies and individuals…their [the seniors] eyes just lit up when they received these presents,” said Denise Mughetti, co-owner of Home Instead Senior Care.

Mughetti said those with little contact with people may feel sad or depressed during the holidays. This movement looks to lift the spirits of seniors who feel that way.

“Depression plays a major role in the elder population. So, just giving them this gift hopefully will get them out of this depressed stage and they know there are people out there that actually care for them,” Mughetti said.

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