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Holidays and the caregiver

If you’re a caregiver

Pacing yourself and setting aside some quiet time during the holidays is important for your well being and that of the person you’re caring for.

  • Ask a friend or neighbour to help you with shopping or cooking a meal.
  • Accept help if it’s offered to you.
  • If you have children, assign them specific tasks and explain to them how much difference their help makes.
  • Set realistic goals; ask yourself how urgent the task is.
  • Congratulate yourself; recognize the work you do and how much you mean to the person you’re caring for .
  • Use your local Alzheimer Society as your lifeline, if you need to talk to someone who understands the stress you are feeling.
  • Find out what support is available in your community during the holidays.

Last Updated: 04/11/14
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