The turkey is cooked, leftovers have disappeared. Black Friday has come and gone. Take a deep breath before the holidays take hold! If you have a loved one with dementia, this time of year can be particularly stressful and full of anxiety for everyone. It’s easy to lose sight of the spirit of celebration when you’re worrying about how to keep everything routine, when nothing is. It requires planning and thinking ahead, and it’s complete possible to enjoy the holiday festivities!
At a time when parties and events are a weekly occurrence, it’s good to continue with family traditions which are familiar to your loved one with dementia. Keep it easy to reduce stress and remember that your loved one is comforted by familiarity. You might let someone else do the hosting of a get together, so you can enjoy family and friends as well. This will also help in keeping you and your loved one from getting over-tired. You can leave when it’s best for you. Get someone else to help with care of your loved one so you can enjoy the holidays too.
The holidays remind us to celebrate all we’ve done together and to find peace and love. In Thanksgiving we found gratitude for all we have. Christmas and Hanukkah bring families together in the spirit of giving and love. For New Year’s, we celebrate releasing the past and creating a new future. Dementia care is true to this spirit – looking after each other in the good and tough times, and throughout it all is love!