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.
Holidays & Travel
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.
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.
Are you looking forward to your upcoming holiday season, or does it have you a little down? If you’re serving as a caregiver to a loved one with memory loss, you may know this feeling all too well. Whether you know what to expect or have no idea how you’ll navigate the holiday season with your loved one, we can help make your holidays merry. “The holiday season can be a stressful time for caregivers,” says Cheyanne Schaible, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Wildwood.
During the holidays, the family all gets together to share meals, exchange presents, reminisce and enjoy each other's company. Family you haven’t seen in a while comes to visit, children play and adults prepare meals, chat and enjoy beloved traditions. But what happens when a loved one has dementia? Dementia can cause holiday plans to be disrupted and make it necessary to switch up traditions. While this is hard for everyone, adults generally have an easier time understanding this than younger children and teenagers do.
With the holidays just around the corner, stress can be at an all-time high. From shopping for presents and wrapping them to decorating and preparing dishes for the feasts and more, it can all be a little overwhelming. For caregivers of a loved one with dementia, however, stress may be even worse. According to Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Stuart, a memory care community in Stuart, Florida, caregiver stress can be consuming, especially during the holidays.
Summer’s here, and many families are gearing up for traveling plans and vacations. For family caregivers, though, preparing to go on vacation can be an overwhelming task, especially if their loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The thought of finding someone who can provide proper care in their absence can be so stressful that many caregiving families choose to forego traveling altogether.