Tip #1 for having a truly happy holiday is about as basic as they come – – get enough sleep. Yes, YOU or whoever is the primary care partner! It’s easy to log in fast-paced days & late nights. Pace yourself. Build in pauses.
Tip #2 – Make sure older loved ones, friends, clients aren’t tuckering themselves out. The ideal holiday party for an elder who’s frail or dealing with memory challenges is low-key, has a small guest list (10 is a reasonable max), with a quiet room complete with comfy chair or bed to grab a little rest. Even fabulously fit older friends & family might appreciate the opportunity to take a breather.
Tip #3 – If you MUST layer activities – church service or play, followed by dinner – keep a watchful but unobtrusive eye on the elder. Make sure they have a comfortable place to sit, that they have a bit of quiet time if they seem to be tiring.
With a little forethought & attention, judicious pacing can help older friends & family extend their time enjoying loved ones & the holidays.