Holidays are often stressful for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory challenges. The holidays bring a flurry of activity, changes in daily routine, and conversations with family and friends, which can take on a new meaning for seniors with memory care concerns.
Many families only get together a couple of times for big holiday celebrations. These celebrations have so many moving parts, unexpected expenses, and unforeseen stress, especially for persons caring for older adults.
But even if you’re caring for an older adult, it’s still possible to have an enjoyable and less stressful holiday season. How the holiday turnout will depend on your approach, and we have created a list of helpful tips to help you manage unrealistic expectations, reduce guilt and stress, and get a well-deserved break.
Falls can be so spontaneous and sudden that caregivers and their clients can feel that it could not be prevented, but this is not true.
Heat stroke is a danger to all, but it is a severe risk for seniors. Older bodies are less sensitive to changes in temperature and can’t adjust either. So, seniors might not even notice that they’re overheating – until they become unwell. Chronic health conditions and common medications also make it harder for the body to respond to heat.
Inviting a home health aide into your home is a big move in the right direction. Your home health aide is meant to assist you in several personal and health care activities that may have become difficult due to age, declining health, or illness.
We all wish that we could spend more time with our loved ones. When we need care, the family becomes even more important and we wish that we could be cared for by those we know, love, and trust.