The holiday season is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends, but for the ten million people caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, this time of the year can be stressful and difficult. Many people are already balancing the responsibility of caregiving with everyday life and now have to change their routine and worry about decorating, baking, entertaining and shopping. The added pressure of this time of the year can be very overwhelming.
To help ease the strain, ARARF offers the following tips for enjoying and surviving the holidays:
1. Even though the holidays are a time for giving; don’t be ashamed to ask for more help from friends, family, and neighbors.
2. It’s OK to take time for yourself. Consider using a regular respite caregiver to allow for personal time each week so you can manage your holiday to-do list. Finally, make sure you eat properly and get enough sleep during the holiday season.
3. Make a New Year’s resolution to join an Alzheimer’s support group.