These are great tips for us all to remember as we approach the holiday season. Also keep in mind that not everyone feels cheerful during this season. I know for myself, I approach this week with trepidation, because two years ago it was the beginning of the end for my father.
For most families, holidays are filled with opportunities for togetherness, sharing, laughter and memories. However, holidays can also be filled with stress, disappointment and sadness. This is especially true for individuals experiencing memory loss or other dementia symptoms and their caregivers. See below for a few tips that may help make the holiday season a little less stressful:
- Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage. For example, instead of hosting 15 -20 people at your home, consider hosting just a few or consider having a potluck dinner and asking others to bring dishes to contribute.
- Let visiting friends/family know what your care giving situation is so that they can have realistic expectations about what kind of visit they will have and, if possible, how they can be helpful to you if you’re also trying to make holiday preparations.
- Try to maintain the person with memory…
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