If this is your first holiday season as a caregiver of someone with a dementia diagnosis, naturally, you may feel anxious about what that means for your holiday plans. The hours you spent in years past creating place settings and cooking 5-course meals may be spent helping your loved one bathe or stay occupied. The four-hour road trip you take every year may not seem realistic with your new reality. The first step to enjoying the holiday season with your loved one is accepting that things will be different. If you spend your time trying to force things to be how they once were, you will find yourself disappointed. Reset your expectations and find creative ways to incorporate your loved one and simplify your usual tasks.
If you need additional support reach out to the support groups listed in our previous posts. Take a deep breath and make the most of the season!
It takes a little muscle and it takes a little grit,