As families everywhere adjust their 2020 traditions, their loved ones with dementia may sense that their holiday celebrations aren’t ‘quite right’ but not understand why. As the past ten months have taught frustrated family caregivers, explanations of why they can’t maintain social traditions this year won’t work.
Holidays & Travel
The holidays are meant to be a time with friends and family, full of good cheer, love and laughter. For many caregivers of seniors with dementia, what is usually a happy time can become stressful and anxiety-ridden. While much of this may have to do with holiday shopping and caregiver burnout, it also likely comes from upcoming travel plans. As many caregivers of seniors with dementia know, the smallest change in routine or schedule can cause their loved one to act out and make caregiving an even harder task than it has to be.
With the holidays just around the corner, people either finishing up their holiday shopping or just getting started. Whether you have waited until the last minute or planned ahead this year, there’s usually at least one or two people we are left with on our list that we have no idea what to buy. Is this person someone who already has everything or are they someone you don’t know well? Is it someone who really deserves something special, someone who truly needs something practical, something they can actually use? In the case of caregivers, it’s usually the latter.
5 Practical Gift Ideas for a Dementia Caregiver Part 2: Gifts for the Caregiver & Senior with Dementia
While knowing what to get a caregiver of a loved one with dementia can be difficult, it can be even more difficult when you want to find a practical gift for both of them to use and benefit from. Fortunately, it may be easier than one would think as long as you know what to look for and how it can help. Often, what makes those with dementia happier and what makes their lives easier also benefits the caregiver, so when choosing a gift for both of them, keep this in mind to find the perfect present.
The countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. But, as a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may be feeling a greater burden of stress as you enter this holiday season. Holidays, such as Thanksgiving, can often be a struggle for families including loved ones with dementia. The mass amounts of pressure and things you need to think about may leave you questioning – does it have to be this difficult?
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.
Whatever you’re thankful for this year – friends, family, elastic waistbands – you’re certainly going to be thankful for the continued health and safety of your senior loved ones and those who care for them every day. The holidays can be stressful for all of us, but they can be especially stressful for the family member responsible for your loved one’s care. Thanksgiving is the perfect reminder to say thank you.
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.
Does your family go all out with the spooky cobwebs, witches, skeletons, and creepy soundtracks? For some of us, Halloween is a frightfully delightful time of year. For people with dementia, scary fun Halloween traditions – and even not-so-scary fun traditions – can be just plain scary.