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Holiday, Gifts and Stress
By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer
Shop online whenever possible. A growing
number of major retailers have cyberspace shops offering
a variety of goods that can be purchased without ever
leaving your home.
Catalog shopping is another option if
you don't want to spend hours fighting the crowds at the
Buy the same gift for as many people as
possible on your list. If you find a gift book that
would be perfect for all of your favorite friends, pick
up a half-dozen copies. You donít always have to get
everyone you know something different.
Use your shopping time as efficiently as you can, by
creating and carrying a business-card sized list of gift
ideas in your wallet, along with a list of gifts you've
already gotten. These lists will help you from spending
so much money, and will also help you not buy so many
Preparing Your Loved One
Although itís the holiday season, try to
maintain the daily routine you and your loved one are
used to doing.
Even before an official gathering,
continually speak about the people who will be coming to
visit, or who youíll be visiting, so that the person
youíre caring for will begin to start looking forward to
some social time.
Play seasonal music around the house, and serve their
favorite, seasonal food.
Let the person observe but donít try to force them into
any activity beyond their cognitive capacity. Have them
do a repetitive task, such as folding napkins or
cracking nuts, that will help keep them calm.
If itís possible, have them help bake
cookies, or decorate the tree. If they donít want to,
let them stay as an observer.
Prior to the onset of any behavioral
problems during a holiday gathering, prepare
distractions such as a family album to draw the person's
attention away from their problem.