A Holiday Celebration to Support
Bristol Elder Services
Friends of Bristol Elder Services are hosting a Holiday Dinner Dance on December 14, 2013 to benefit the agency. Click here for details.
By Hilary Young
The holidays always have the potential to be the most stressful time of year. Being a caregiver for an aging parent simply adds another layer of stress to the mix.
Here are some tips to help ease holiday stress:
Plan Ahead. If you are going to cook a big meal for people this holiday season, give yourself as much lead time as possible and freeze the dishes that you can.
Enlist Help. There's no reason you should have to bear the burden of planning a holiday event and taking care of a loved one on your own. The great part about this time of year is that you are usually surrounded by family and friends -- all you have to do is ask.
Create a Health Checklist. If your loved one does not live with you, make sure you create a checklist of medications, diet restrictions, and health needs in order to keep them on a regular routine while with you for the holidays.
Make Sure to Set Aside Time for Yourself. Whether it's scheduling 30 minutes of quiet time to read a book, take a hot bath, or exercise at the gym, it's important not to let your own needs fall by the wayside.
Regardless of all the little things that add up to major stress for the holidays, try to remember that your loved one will not be able to spend the holidays with you forever. Take time to recognize that these moments you have left are a gift and in this fast-paced world it's a blessing to be able to gather your entire family around you for a day or two.