Holiday tips for caregivers and those with dementia
"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
- Lee Iacocca
I have never been one to worry about the holidays. I just want to enjoy time with friends and family. I want to enjoy the special music the holiday season offers, the parades, the decorations, just the sweet feeling the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas offers.
Everyone seems to be a bit happier, almost giddy. This can be a magical season for caregivers to share with their loved ones if they allow themselves to relax and take advantage of the beauty of the season.
I hope this list of tips will help you ease into the holiday season, have a heart full of love, and be grateful for what you have now, in this very moment.
Tips for the person with dementia:
Tips for the care partner:
Consider safe and useful gifts such as comfortable clothing, audiotapes of favorite music, videos or photo albums. How about arranging for a cleaning service or offer to provide respite care? Maybe arrange for a dinner delivery once a month. Think of ways that would take some of the everyday burden of caregiving off the caregiver.
Take care of yourself. Smile often. Look for the good in people. Enjoy the simple things, because in the end, what matters is the time with friends and family. If you need support call Memory Matters at 843-842-6688.
Karen Doughtie is assistant director of Memory Matters, serving Bluffton and Hilton Head. email@example.com