It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say. The weeks ahead are full of seemingly endless “to-do” lists full of holiday shopping, baking, decorating and entertaining obligations. While the holiday season brings joy to many, it also brings its share of stress, especially for elderly relatives and friends and those who care for them. To ensure your older loved ones and friends don’t get lost in the holiday frenzy this year, keep them active and involved.
Celebrate the past. During the holiday season, the loss of family members and friends often comes to the forefront. Explore ways to honor those who are no longer with us during the holidays, and shift attention from loss to a celebration of lives well lived. Light candles, plant a tree or make a donation in honor of loved ones.
Step up involvement. Find relatively simple tasks older family members can assist with – from opening and organizing holiday cards to sitting at the kitchen table reading recipes as others prepare a meal.
Break the distance barrier. For seniors who live far from their families, the holidays can be particularly lonely as they watch other friends spend time with their nearby families. Even from a distance, you can schedule enjoyable and fun activities, such as sending tickets for local performances or a gift card for a restaurant meal with friends, to give your older family members something to look forward to.
Do what makes you happy. For caregivers and older adults alike, do what makes you happy – reading, cooking, exercising—during the holidays. Daily and weekly routines can be a source of comfort during the holiday season.
Stay healthy. Caretakers and the elderly must keep their energy levels up throughout the holidays, which means eating well, exercising, and maintaining a positive attitude. Be sure to continue monitoring medication for anyone in your care and keep an eye on their alcohol consumption during holiday parties and family gatherings.
Lisa Vogel is the owner of The Lisa Vogel Agency, a home health care agency providing custodial care on a live-in or hourly basis for clients who require long-term care, rehabilitation care or hospice care. If you need help during this busy holiday season in caring for your older relatives or friends, call The Lisa Vogel Agency at 410-363-7770.
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