How to Enjoy the Holidays While Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s
How are you doing? How are you coping with everything? The holidays are quickly unfolding and while they bring joy and a time of reflection, they can also be enormously stressful for the family and caregivers to someone with Alzheimer’s. How to make the holidays meaningful for the loved one with dementia can be challenging. As always, as caregivers, our job is to meet the one with dementia where they are. We are always learning how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and have to be prepared to simplify our expectations and prepare for the unexpected.
With the holidays quickly unfolding before us, it can be particularly tricky for the caregiver to navigate what are fun and enjoyable activities for their loved one with Alzheimer’s. All activities should be approached with the understanding that all situations are fluid and some may come to an end even before they have begun. Yet there are some activities that may enliven the person with dementia and even evoke years gone by and cherished memories. Find activities that are met with enthusiasm and create new traditions around them.
Listed below are some holiday activities that can be as simple and undemanding as you want them to be:
Finally, be sure that you have the support you need to manage holiday stress and caregiving this season, so that you can partake and enjoy the festivities. Ask your friends as family for support to make things as easy for yourself as you can and to avoid caregiver isolation. Let the people around you know what and how your loved one is doing and how they can support you during these holidays.
May the love flow for you and yours this holiday season!