By Carol Bradley Bursack, AgingCare.com
Even though holidays can be fraught with stress because of societal expectations that they be happy no matter what our circumstances, most of us have happy memories of celebrations when we were young. Our parents were in charge, and kids were the focus. As our parents age and can no longer be in charge of celebrations, the duties tend to fall to adult children.
Our heart’s desire is to provide a way for our aging parents to enjoy the holidays, but their circumstances can make that challenging. First and foremost, however, remember that it’s your presence that is the most important thing. That, and helping your parents to feel included in whatever way they can participate.
For several years I had, along with my own home, two apartments and two nursing home rooms to decorate, plus the other duties, including holiday meals in several locations to consider. I did try to simplify life as much as possible, but I also wanted badly to do what I could for my elders. Was it enough? I did my best, is all I can say. And I did learn a few things.
Making Holidays Special for Your Elders…No Matter Where They Live originally appeared on AgingCare.com