Caregiving and the Holidays

Holiday gatherings are opportunities for families to get together and share laughter and memories.

Holiday gatherings are opportunities for families to get together and share laughter and memories. However, holiday gatherings, coupled with being a caregiver for an individual with Alzheimer’s, can lead to much stress and anxiety. To make the holidays memorable and enjoyable without constant strain, the caregiver has to first adjust his/her expectations. Realize that every holiday event or tradition does not have to be maintained exactly how it was through the years. The caregiver can choose a few traditions that were/are meaningful for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia and the family and adapt those traditions on a smaller scale.

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