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Bristol Elder Services: Coping with Dementia During the Holidays

Dec 21, 2021 | Small Business

Written by the Age & Dementia Friendly Greater Fall River Coalition

The holidays are meant to be a time of family traditions, cheer, and celebration. It is a time to relax, enjoy time spent with loved ones, and reflect upon the past year. For many, the increased travel, family time, and an abundance of new demands on top of normal responsibilities can bring on feelings of depression and anxiety throughout the season. For already overwhelmed family caregivers, the added festivity planning may make this time of the year more dreadful than enjoyable. Below are some helpful tips that can help you and your loved ones decrease stress and take part in celebration.

1. Minimize
Prepare your holiday expectations with a realistic mindset. Don’t overbook your  schedule and remember that perfection is not possible. Choose a select few festive activities to accomplish and then forget the rest.

2. Self Care
Be sure to set side a time to maintain your physical and mental health. Stay active and try to maintain your normal diet when faced with all of the holiday desserts. Check in with yourself and your emotions when you are feeling overwhelmed. Take breaks by deep breathing, journaling, and going for walks outside.

3. Reach out
Communicate with family and friends online or by phone. Let them know how you are feeling. Often times, others can relate to the stress and pressures of the holiday season. Having a sense of community will bring you feelings of security.

To connect with local resources that can help, please contact: Bristol Elder Services Information & Referral Department at (774) 627-1390;

TTY: (508) 646-9704 or MassRelay 711

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