Although holidays are seen as a time of cheer, caregivers on the front lines of the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia know that this can be a heightened time of stress. Click here for some helpful tips and considerations for caregivers to make the holidays be the best they can be for the caregivers themselves and their loved ones.
There are people who are born for the holidays. They finish gift shopping by Halloween, have a fully decorated house by Thanksgiving and have their holiday menu planned by December 1st. The holidays bring out the very best in them and they can think of nothing they would rather do than spend time with family.
December is a time for good food, friends and family, and sharing the holiday spirit. There is great expectation that the holidays are a time to enjoy these things. Unfortunately, there can be feelings of unhappiness, isolation and anxiety during this “joyous” season as well. The elderly, in particular, can be vulnerable to feeling the blues.
Thanksgiving is a time of family togetherness and an exceptional opportunity for younger generations to learn more about their elders.
Consider taking part in The Great Thanksgiving Listen and create an oral history of your family to be stored at the Library of Congress.
Read more from Theia’s Director of Client Services, Darlene Spagnola.