Get to the mall for some gift shopping...Order, print, and mail out the holiday cards...Pick up Mom’s prescription...Bake and decorate the cookies for the school party...Shovel the snow from Mom and Dad’s front porch…Pack for our vacation…Help my aunt prepare meals for the week…Find time to relax and watch a holiday movie with the kids…
Last year, the holidays looked a little different than they have in the past. Families were having virtual Thanksgiving meals, outdoor gift exchanges, and intimate reunions through glass windows. Despite some concerns about traveling this year, many people are vaccinated and ready to hit the road (and skies) to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
Caring for an older family member can be especially overwhelming if/when they begin to require more and more attention. Even if you aren’t a primary caregiver, it can be concerning to think of your parent(s) living at home knowing they need additional support.
It can feel daunting to take on the role of dementia caregiver, especially if you are new to caregiving in general. However, with the right research, knowledge, and mindset, you can ensure that you create a positive and engaging environment for your family member and can provide the best dementia care possible.