On Monday night I attended an excellent teleconference hosted the Alzheimer’s Association titled Holiday Tips for Caregivers: Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Adjust your expectations – things don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to attend everything you get invited to – it’s ok to say “no,” scale back and simplify as needed.
Start delegating – check out the Care Team Calendar for a quick and easy way to send reminders to those who are helping out.
Plan ahead – Prepare family and friends in advance – for example, how to best interact with your loved one, not to be offended if they don’t remember who you are, know that memory and behavior changes are caused by the disease not the person.
Put Respite Care on your wish list – do you really need another sweater? Ask those in your support network to give you an hour of their time so you can take care of yourself.
And finally, recognize signs of stress and know what your outlets are – yoga, deep breathing, exercise to name just a few.
To learn more about how to manage stress during the holidays or anytime, check out my Caregivers’ Retreat starting in January in San Juan Capistrano, CA or schedule a Free Intro Session to find out how to work with me one-on-one.
If you reach the point where you’re telling yourself “I can’t do this anymore” the Alzheimer’s Association has a toll free number where you can talk to a trained counselor any time, day or night:
For more information and resources go to: www.alz.org
Until next time, take care of you.