Tips for reducing stress on the elderly during Halloween

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Flint (WJRT) - (10/26/17) - Most of us really like Halloween, but it can create stress for many of the people we love.

Many senior citizens live alone. With all those ghosts and goblins knocking on the door at Halloween, it can be a stressful time for them.

"Some seniors actually enjoy having children come back and forth and seeing the costumes. But for some seniors, yes, it can be a very stressful time, especially those who have dementia or Alzheimers," said Yaushica Aubert, the vice president of operations for the Valley Agency on Aging.

When the trick or treaters come calling, be ready for them.

"Set a chair by the door to ensure they're not doing a bit of walking back and forth if they choose to give out candy," said Aubert.

And make sure your porch is clear of trip hazards and that no Halloween decorations block your view. Consider inviting relatives over to help hand out treats.

"It will never hurt to make it a family day. Get your son or daughter or older grandchildren to come over and help you pass out the candy," said Aubert.

Never let a trick or treater into the house to use the bathroom. Don't worry if you run out of candy.

"I would say, put a sign outside your door and just say, 'Sorry, we're out of treats' or 'Sorry, no more treats' and keep your lights on so people know you're there," said Aubert.

And nothing says you have to be home on Halloween.

"A senior can actually go over to their children's home and be with them while they pass out candy," said Aubert.

And if you live close to a senior, be a good neighbor and keep an eye on them at Halloween.

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