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.
Theia's founder, Joanna Gordon Martin, recounts family Thanksgiving traditions and favorite family recipes while remembering loved ones affected by aging and Alzheimer's that are no longer with us.
November is Family Caregiver Month, a time to honor and support caregivers – particularly those caring for loved ones with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. Many of these individuals are juggling the demands of caregiving with employment, parenting, and very little sleep. It is sadly no surprise that stress and burn out are common.
When we see friends or colleagues in this predicament, we want to offer help, but often don’t know where to begin. Many caregivers are hesitant to ask for support, feeling they will be a burden to others.
Below are six things you can do to help someone caring for a spouse, parent or other loved one with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia to give them necessary relief: