The holiday season is considered the most wonderful time of the year. It is a cherished time to gather together and create memories. This is especially true for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive decline and their family members that care for them.
You may feel the joy of this season as you plan to gather with loved ones, but it may also add an additional stress to an already chaotic time. As the list grows between cooking, decorating, hosting, and buying presents, there is another layer to navigating the holidays for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Your family member with cognitive decline may experience some anxiety or more confusion than normal as annual traditions may be a forgotten memory. As a caregiver, you navigate this new way of life along with your loved one.
With Alzheimer’s disease, there are still opportunities to create memories. You may need to limit or even alter traditions, but you can still cherish your time together. It can be a tricky balance between enjoying the season and not overwhelming yourself and your loved one.
Here are some tips:
Regardless of how the holidays may look this year, it’s important to remember that this time is not about the activities or even past traditions. It’s about cherishing your family and friends and being grateful for the time you have together. It is a gift, and that’s why it’s called the present.