The holidays can be a joyous time to spend with family. It is a time that many people spend with loved ones and share gifts, eat delicious meals, and make memories but it can also be a depressing time of year for elderly people. It can remind them of loved ones they have lost, put financial strains on them and can remind them of their lack of independence. If you have an elderly parent or loved one, be supportive during the holiday season. Visit them more frequently, make arrangements for them to be with their friends and family on the holiday, include them in activities they can participate in, and communicate openly with them. Keep them actively involved in things they enjoy doing and make sure they feel loved and cherished to help prevent depression. Watch for signs of depression and be a listening ear to them.