For families and individuals also in the midst of a caregiving crisis or senior care decision-making process, that stress is magnified.
No matter how or if you celebrate any of the upcoming holidays, it is a time of year when depression among seniors runs high, as does burnout among caregivers. When it seems like everyone around you is talking about celebrating, about giving gifts and getting together with family and friends, it’s difficult to avoid the overwhelming feelings of sadness and grief over recent and past losses.
As it’s also the end of 2012, it means a time of reflecting on the year’s losses and changes; for caregivers who have been pushing, pushing, pushing, it means slowing down and (hopefully) seeking respite, realizing that you need a break or need help to better meet your loved one’s care needs in the days and years ahead.
During today’s #ElderCareChat, a bi-monthly real-time Twitter conversation that we co-moderate with Denise Brown of Caregiving.com (@caregiving), we’ll be sharing ways to transform the holiday trauma into tranquility. Get more information about #ElderCareChat here; hope you’ll join us at 1pm ET to share your best holiday stress-busting tips!
Read more posts about handling the senior care stresses of the holiday season here.