When it comes to celebrating the holiday season as a care partner to a person living with dementia, you may wonder whether you can — or should — follow your long-held holiday traditions. This time of year can be challenging even in the best of circumstances, but if you’re someone who is dealing with the stresses that can come with care-partnership, the holidays can feel especially daunting.
Perhaps the most common and vital tip from the experts is to take time out for yourself, while recognizing that you can’t do it all. “We tend to make the holidays a really busy period of the year,” says Dean Henderson, Director of Client Experience, Education and Innovation at The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. “To give a food pun, our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. We encourage people to try and keep things simple — too many people, too much noise and too much activity can be overwhelming.”