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5 Ways to Make the Holidays Merry

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5 Ways to Make the Holidays Merry

The holidays can cause large amounts of stress for people caring for elderly parents. In addition to caregiving duties, during the holdiays, you can now add shopping, holiday parties and family gatherings to a never-ending to-do list.

The community has seen an increase in stress-related issues on our discussion boards. One member said, “I feel more stressed every year…It starts before Thanksgiving and lasts through the New Year. Holiday planning always falls on my shoulders. Last year, Mom was in the hospital, which added to the stress. I keep promising myself to get more involved in something other than caregiving…to recharge myself.”

Here is some advice for weary caregivers.

1. Take a Break

Reducing stress is vital to your health. Family caregivers have higher illness rates than non-caregiving peers. Respite care offers short-term care for dependent adults and provides you some relief – even more important during the holidays. Types of respite include adult day care, in-home help, and assistance from family and friends.

2. Ask for Help

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Many caregivers avoid asking for help and try to do everything themselves. But once you ask for help, you might find it is easier than you expected. Many times, family members and friends are willing to help, but don’t know how. Here are some tips for getting family to help out.

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12:43AM PST on Dec 22, 2012


8:07PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Far to many people get caught up in the commercialization of a Holiday that has NOTHING to do with such and if they would just concentrate on the reason for the season, they would be OK!

11:47AM PST on Dec 2, 2012


11:03AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

It's the idea, not the stuff. Hard to get that concept into people's brains tho! thanks for the article.

8:17PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012


4:15AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I agree..."Asking for Help" is a great idea.

10:19AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Thank you

4:23PM PST on Dec 6, 2011


1:48PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


8:26PM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Good advice!

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