A caregiver's heath is just as important as everyone involved with dementia. Make sure you take the right steps to stay ahead and minimize stress. Use these suggestions to make sure you enjoy the holidays more and stress less.
If you know there will be a lot going on during the holidays, be sure to plan accordingly. Get help with grocery runs, baking, or other tasks to prevent any last minute stress.
Reach Out for Help
It is okay to ask for help when caring for someone with dementia. Ask for help from your peers or family members. Here's the trick: be specific. Prepare a grocery list and ask a friend to pick up your items when they go to the market. It will save you time and let them feel needed.
Adult day care, in-home care, and respite services can offer a much needed break for the caregiver as well as the one with dementia.
Let it Go
Give yourself a break and don't try to tackle too much. If you aren't able to get to everything on your to do list, that's okay. Celebrate your accomplishments and forgive yourself for not doing it all. You are more apt to enjoy the holidays when you are relaxed.
We also found some more advice to lessen stress from the Mayo Clinic.
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