So many publications do the obligatory “how to cope with the holidays as a caregiver” and “what to look for when visiting aging loved ones this holiday season” articles. (Guilty as charged!) But this year we decided to take a different approach: Instead of re-hash the many valuable tips and resources out there, we’ve rounded up a list of the ten best, most informative blog posts and articles on managing the holiday season with aging loved ones.
- The Shelbyville Times-Gazette features some useful tips for checking in on a loved one’s health and social status by Mary Ann Steelman, the administrator at Celebration Way, Assisted Living by Americare in Shelbyville. Tips include checking out the medicine cabinet for expired medications and evaluating the home’s clutter factor and cleanliness, which can point to mobility issues.
- The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) is featured by the Sacramento Bee with advice on long-term care insurance. Director Jesse Slome tells the Bee, “The holidays are an ideal time to take an aging parental reality check. Those who can’t regularly look in on aging family members should use seasonal visits to help aging parents maintain their independence as long as possible.” But it’s not only a time to check in on loved ones’ current functional status, but to have those difficult talks about future long-term care plans.
- Comfort Keepers takes an in-depth look at how to use each of your five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) to assess your loved one’s situation over holiday visits. This article also covers next steps should you uncover something of concern.
- 50PlusPrime talks about the important topics to discuss with elderly loved ones over the holidays, including financial, community services and long-term care planning matters. Useful checklists are provided to guide you through the points of discussion.
- Seniors who live alone or live far away from their relatives may not have the opportunity to see their loved ones this holiday season. Comfort Keepers of King of Prussia, PA has some tips on keeping seniors active and engaged over the holidays.
- Nataly Rubinstein, author of a new book, Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: The Caregiver’s Complete Survival Guide talks to the Sun-Times about coping with dementia over the holidays.
- What if you’re grieving for a loved one who has recently passed? The holidays can be an especially difficult time of year. AgingCare.com offers some supportive advice for coping with the emotions you’ll experience during holiday family gatherings that can bring back memories.
- AgingCare.com also offers an insightful look at keeping an “emotional calendar” for caregivers. If you’re a caregiver, or even the child of an elderly parent, this post is worth a read leading into the holidays.
- Holidays are a time for celebration with those closest to us, but they can also bring added stress, especially for caregivers. Finding time to meet your loved one’s needs while shopping for gifts, preparing delicious holiday meals and spending time with other loved ones can weigh heavily. Check out these 13 tips from the Huffington Post on coping with stress over the holidays.
- And let’s not forget the official start of the holiday shopping season this Friday. Whether you’ll be battling long lines this Black Friday or making your list and checking it twice, The Washington Times has a list of ten gift ideas for your senior loved ones.
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