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Engaging your Elderly Relatives During the Holidays

November 28, 2014

The holidays are often a good time to share and reconnect with family. However, it’s important to be aware of your aging relatives and their possible changing needs during this time. If you have family members who are suffering from dementia or other physical or mental ailments, it’s important to prepare your entire family for their growing needs and to anticipate possible problems that could arise. The more time you spend talking and preparing your family for your relative’s needs, the better chance you will have for a relaxing holiday.

Don’t shy away from having honest conversations with the younger members of your family about your elderly relatives. Explain to them that they might not be as active as they once were and to be respectful of that. Think of relaxing activities they could do together instead; such as reading a book, cooking, or looking at photos.
Keep everyone healthy by being aware of any medication that may need to be administered while your elderly family members are in your care. Some relatives may have difficulty remembering that they need to keep the same medication schedule while visiting. Keep extra blankets nearby and inquire about any dietary changes for your relatives.
If you enjoy planning family or group activities during the holidays, be sure to have an alternate activity for your elderly loved ones who might feel uncomfortable learning or playing a complex game. Be sure to offer both options to them. That way, they are still in control of the situation and can make the ultimate decision for themselves.
If your elderly relatives are involved with a Care Management or Home Care agency, talk with the agency beforehand to make sure that you have all of the information you need to keep them healthy. Ask about the daily routine the agency keeps with them so that when they visit, you will be able to continue your relative’s normal schedule

If an embarrassing situation should arise during the holiday, take action without becoming angry. Remember that your elderly relatives are family, and that no matter how frustrating the situation is, it’s important to make the most of the time that you have together.

If an embarrassing situation should arise during the holiday, take action without becoming angry. Remember that your elderly relatives are family, and that no matter how frustrating the situation is, it’s important to make the most of the time that you have together.

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