The 4th of July is this week. America is a great country because of what today’s Elder’s have made it. In the last 5 years in America have changed so much with technology. Think back to where the US was with technology just 20 years ago, even 40 years ago.
Can’t remember what it was like? As your Grandparents over this holiday for a special dinner and ask them to share their favorite 4th of July before technology. How did they take photos? What was a backyard BBQ like? Did they travel or stay home? How were the fireworks?
You’ll be surprised how happy Grandma is to share this time with you! And remember, it’s OK to leave the technology at home. Happy 4th of July!
Dementia comes to dinner: Managing the holidays and an aging relative
In the Hallmark version of our holidays, loved ones, young and old, gather around a feast. Everyone is smiling and peaceful.
But for many families, the holidays are marked by the increasing number of elderly with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in eight people over the age of 65 suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, and nearly half of people over age 85 have the illness.
The presence of Alzheimer’s or dementia will change the way the holidays “have always been,” says clinical social worker Nataly Rubinstein, author of a new book, Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: The Caregiver’s Complete Survival Guide, but you can take concrete steps to make the best of the experience..
“The key is to educate yourself as to what you should expect and to regulate your expectations accordingly,” says Rubinstein, who took care of her own mother for 16 years after she was diagnosed with dementia.
She offers seven tips for making the most of holidays with loved ones who Alzheimer’s or dementia:
Understand why you feel the way you do. There’s nothing joyous or merry about the fact that someone you love has a degenerative and ultimately fatal disease. So even though this is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” it’s completely normal for you to feel sad, confused, worried, or even frustrated by the prospect of coming holiday gatherings.
You know things have changed forever and your emotions are going to take a hit. It’s very important to admit and articulate to yourself-as well as other family members-why you’re feeling uncharacteristically stressed and upset. Too read more.
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