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Reducing stress during the holidays for seniors and caregivers

Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC

With the holiday season upon us and in full force, it is no surprise that with all the holiday cheer also comes holiday stress! All the shopping, decorating and family get to gathers can make your head spin!  With that said, here are some ways to reduce stress during the holiday season.

If you’re a caregiver for an elderly loved one, help make their gift shopping easier by taking them to the mall when there are no or little crowds. You can even skip the mall entirely and help your loved one purchase their holiday gifts from a catalogue or online in the comfort and safety of their home.

As a caregiver, you are attending to the needs of your elderly loved ones, but don’t forget to take some time for yourself as well.  Caregiver burnout during the holiday season could turn you into a Scrooge! Bah-humbug!

Something fun for you to do with your loved one is cooking together.  Family meals are at the heart of most holiday traditions.  As a caregiver, try to plan out the meals ahead of time because some ingredients may have to be modified to accompany the dietary restrictions of the senior.

Hopefully these tips will make your holiday less stressful and more enjoyable!

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