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Let’s Do the Time Shift Again
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At yesterday’s special Halloween
Fearless Caregiver Conference held in Port Saint
Lucie (our 120th event), the only scary thing was
how much wisdom and advice was shared by the family
caregivers in attendance. And that’s a good scary.
In particular, we spoke a lot about one of the most
important things you need to have in your caregiver
toolkit: how to navigate the holiday season as a
family caregiver. This is a topic near and
dear to my heart and about which I’ve been talking
to caregivers for many years in the fall season.
The truth is, each time I learn even more from the
caregivers in the room. For instance, at yesterday’s
event, we spoke of creating new traditions after a
loved one takes ill or even after they pass.
Maybe Dad used to put up all
those magnificent decorations, but how about
enlisting friends and family members to do so? Make
a party out of it. Or Mom (the primary
caregiver) always had the family holiday dinner at
her house and would not think of altering those
plans. Okay, you can keep the intent of her
wishes intact, but how about potluck this year with
everyone bringing their favorite dishes? And don’t
forget to solicit help to set up before and clean up
after the event.
If travel is too great a
challenge this year, how about time shifting?
One gentleman caregiver spoke of how he was able to
create last year’s holiday event for his wife later
in the year, and was able to get her two sisters to
fly in for the celebration. In fact, one
attendee spoke of having multiple birthday dinners
for her mother who just turned 95 years old.
It was fun for her mom, who asked each time, “Whose
birthday are we celebrating?”