A Holiday Gathering for Family Caregivers
I was planning to write a post about family caregivers, our aging parents and/or relatives, and the many issues we might face during the hectic holiday season. In organizing my own thoughts and researching this topic, I found there are many excellent resources already available on the internet about this very subject. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ll point you to the ones I believe are most helpful.
So grab a cup of hot chocolate (or a hot toddy), sit back and browse through this gathering of sites:
- Valarie D’Acquisto’s Pleasant Days for Elders blog has an article entitled “Wishing You and Your Elder a Pleasant Christmas Season” that reminds us our Golden Oldies run colder than most people and gives practical advice on how to insure they are warm and toasty during these winter months. She also includes a list of possible gift ideas for seniors at the holidays that can be referred to all year long.
- Caregiving.com founder, Denise Brown, offers an entire Holiday Survival Guide, which includes eight individual holiday articles on a wide-range of topics as well as an audio recording.
If you prefer to listen rather than read, you can load these five podcasts onto your iPod or mp3 player and listen while you’re on the go — recordings from the weekly “Ask Mr. Eldercare Show” at BlogTalkRadio.com. Martin Sabel, aka Mr. Eldercare, is the host who covers these holiday topics with his guests:
Home For The Holidays: Getting Ready To Visit Mom and Dad
What To Look For When Visiting Your Aging Parents Over The Holidays
Ask Mr. Eldercare About Aging Parents and The Holidays
Manage Holiday Caregiving Stress Before It Manages You
Before You Return Home for the Holidays, Do This
It is my hope that after reading or listening to these words of wisdom, you, your families and your aging loved ones will have a much less stressful and a far happier holiday season!
I like learning from you, too. What have you learned from your caregiving experience during the holidays?
Or please share other articles or resources about this topic in the comment section below. Thanks!