The New Year is here, and it's the perfect time to reflect on what the past year had in store for you and your loved ones. If you've served as a caregiver for a loved one with memory loss, you may be torn with the previous year's experience. You may be feeling grateful that you've been able to help your loved one throughout their journey with memory loss, but you may also be burnt out and stressed from the ever-increasing demands of their dementia.
As a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you have been through a lot. Perhaps you have been through some health decisions already and are beginning to realize the many decisions that you will have to make for your loved one in the coming future. “Planning ahead in terms of care for your loved one with dementia is an excellent idea,” states Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, Florida.
Planning for the future is an important thing for seniors and caregivers to do. This New Year, make it a resolution to plan ahead or make a change to better your loved one’s life or make your life as a caregiver a little easier. “If your loved one is living with memory loss, you may know the struggle it can be to provide an engaging lifestyle, care for their ever-changing needs and make sure they are safe and secure,” says Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood.
As the temperatures begin to decrease and holiday music is starting to be played on the radio, you know the holiday season is officially in full swing. The holidays are one of the few times throughout the year when families truly make a point to come together and spend some quality time celebrating. Because of this, the holidays often become a time in which families consider big decisions about older loved ones, particularly those who may be showing early or later warning-signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The wind may have a chill, it’s snowing in the North, holiday cards are arriving and decorations are appearing! The holiday season is approaching quickly and with it, some exciting hustle and bustle, special events and fun. We often hear that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but for those who live in a senior living community, it’s even better and filled with even more excitement.
The holiday season is now fully upon us. These sentimental festive times are normally spent celebrating together as a family. However, as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, it can be a struggle to find holiday activities that are all-inclusive. “It’s important to make sure your loved one with dementia is an active participant in your family’s holiday festivities,” states Danielle Buck, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™of Stuart,a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida.
The holiday season can be a stressful time for anyone. From holiday shopping, meal prepping and planning, preparing the home and creating magical memories, there’s always so much to do. But for those caring for a loved one with memory loss, the list can get even bigger. This often leads to worsening amounts of stress, burnout and even depression for the caregiver, causing the holiday season to become less than jolly.
With only a few weeks left in the year, it feels as if we are now fully in the heat of the holiday season. This should be a time of joy and happiness, but as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed, confused and unsure how to help your loved one enjoy the holidays too. “The holidays should be an enriching time for the whole family,” states Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, FL.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and togetherness. A time where you can talk about your favorite moments from “the good old days” and relive your funniest of memories. This is why many people enjoy the family get together that the holiday can bring, however, if your loved one has memory loss, it can be a little more difficult for them to enjoy the day.
The holidays are a time for friends, family and giving. We look forward to seeing those we haven’t seen in some time, having a delicious meal consisting of all of our festive favorites and opening presents from those we love. We don’t often think about how that could change, but when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can all change in the blink of an eye.