"For many caregivers the holiday season gives rise to stress, frustration and anger, instead of peace and good will," said Debbie Kennedy, RN and Program Manager for Senior Life Solutions.
Caregivers may feel resentful towards other family members who they feel have not offered enough assistance. Managing care for someone who has a cognitive impairment may leave caregivers feeling that they will not be able to participate as fully as they would like in family gatherings. Already feeling overwhelmed with caregiving tasks, stressed-out caregivers may view traditional holiday preparations as more of a drain of precious energy than a joy," Kennedy explained.
It's important for the caregiver to remember that the holidays can, in fact, provide unique opportunities to seek better communication, connection and support from family and friends. Join Senior Life Solutions professional staff to hear suggestions that may help make the holidays more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.
St. Luke's Hospital and Senior Life Solutions are hosting a FREE, 12-week session for caregivers. Each month will offer a different topic for caregivers. The meetings will be held at Senior Life Solutions, located at 48 Hospital Drive, Suite B, in Columbus.
To learn more about handling holiday stress, join Senior Life Solutions professional staff for a free health talk, "Holiday Stress Management for the Caregiver" on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m.
This is a FREE health talk, but spaces are limited. Please call 828-894-9890 to register. Light refreshments will be served.
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