With isolation or loneliness listed among the major fears for those over age 65, many older adults face the holidays with dread. Home Instead Senior Care offers the following tips to help beat the holiday blues:

1. Volunteer. 

Homeless shelters and other organizations that serve the needy are always looking for help, particularly during the holiday season. 

2. Call a friend. 

The friend might be feeling the blues as well.

3. Get online. 

A study from the Phoenix Center found that spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for seniors. 

Write not only to friends and family, but think about sending a note to someone who is ill or going through a hard time. A heartfelt card or note can to lift the spirits of someone who is suffering.

Many seniors walk in the mall during the winter. Those who have not exercised for a while should  contact a doctor before beginning any activity program.

Most communities offer holiday plays and choral performances or coordinate service projects for others. 

7. Decorate. 

Holiday decorations can give a home or apartment that festive feel. 

8. Make a list. 

Write down everything for which one is thankful for this year could surprise one and lift one’s spirits.