Dementia and the Holidays: Still Liking Our Loved Ones When It's Over
Posted Dec 25 2012 12:00am
It’s not news that most of us are busy, even stressed, during the
holiday season . However, when we are caregivers our stress level can
soar. Being flexible and forgiving may be the key to getting through the
season with some sanity intact. Flexibility is important because our loved one, especially if he or
she has dementia , will likely be unpredictable. What we planned with
great care could suddenly be the wrong approach when the special day
arrives and we’ll need to adjust to reality.
The ability to forgive is important because we may find ourselves the
brunt of criticism from well meaning people, related or not, who don’t
agree with how much or how little we include the person with dementia.
It’s also important to forgive ourselves if we make a decision that
backfires. We are human.