The holidays may be wonderful opportunities to gather, but please be mindful that for many families it is a time of stress and many challenges. Caregivers find themselves caring for their loved ones, as well as their aging parents and it causes strain on time management and family dynamics. A caregiver is usually “sandwiched” between several generations in the family, and they rarely have help or time for themselves.
Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. People who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time. These feelings are attributed to a seasonal and temporary condition known as the ‘Holiday Blues’. It is important to note that this is temporary, so make an exerted effort to balance that with opportunities for self-care and know that it will pass.
Add to this equation caring for a loved one with dementia and the plot thickens more. Nevada is home to roughly 47,000 families that have been navigating the dementia journey, and we are the third largest population of individuals with dementia in the nation. Extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the season can be a catalyst for the holiday blues. Some can be at risk for feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension, isolation, frustration, loneliness, sadness, and a sense of loss.
So how do we have a great holiday with our loved ones and care for someone who truly needs help? The evident answer is to get help. Here are some tips for dealing with the challenges of the holiday season if you are a caregiver:
1. Set realistic expectations
2. Set a realistic budget
3. Stick to a normal routine
4. Sleep well
5. Develop healthy eating habits
6. Try to do some light exercise
7. Keep things simple with family
8. Set reasonable expectations for gatherings
9. Find ways to relax
If you have a loved one with dementia, consider getting help for them. There are various options such as in-home care, adult day care centers, or respite in a memory care community. Silverado Red Rock provides respite options that can help your loved one interact with individuals facing similar challenges, and allow you to take a much-needed break. Turn the holiday blues into holiday blessings for all. You do not have to face these challenges on your own.
For more information on memory care, and respite care, or to simply come to visit and tour our community, call us at 702-337-2480 for a tour.