Thanksgiving and Chanukah are just a few weeks away, with more holiday hustle and bustle following close behind them. The holiday season can present many challenges to the caregiver of a person with dementia. Here are a few tips that may make things a little bit easier for you and your loved one.
1. Use old memories.
Rely on the power of reminiscence to build on past traditions. It can be comforting to sing holiday songs, look at old photos and engage in familiar activities.
2. Exercise together.
This will ease your stress and provide needed activity for a person with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment.
3. Engage in activities together.
Make cookies, wrap presents, prepare the table, hang decorations, make food, or sing songs.
4. Let others help.
Don’t try to do everything on your own. If you have always made the holiday dinner, make this year’s event a potluck.
If know the primary caregiver of an older adult, you can support them through the JFCS Caregiver Tea program. Any caregiver attending a Tea who lives with his or her care receiver will be given 40 hours of free respite care service. The gift of respite time would make a great difference in the life of a caregiver at any time of the year, but it is especially welcome around the holidays.
If you are interested in hosting a Tea, or if you would like more information on JFCS Klein Older Adult Services, please contact Mauri Malka at (502) 452-6341, ext. 250.
Check back with us for additional holiday tips next week!
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