Merry Christmas

by Lois Etienne on December 23, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Finances,Holidays,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

The holidays are frequently a time of introspection. I’m always reminded that as one lies dying, they are not thinking about how they wished they could have gotten a couple more minutes in at the office. Relationships are what make us human. Take this time of year and pay more attention to people than the gifts under the tree or the feast on the table.

It’s also a good time to pay close attention to how mom and dad are doing. Things like mail piling up, spoiled food in the refrigerator or mom is repeating herself a lot are all signs that things may not be as good as they should be. This is a time in our parent’s lives that we don’t want to face but if we don’t face it now, then we’ll be surprised by a crisis down the road…sooner than we would like.

My biggest message for baby boomers is, get educated, know what choices you and your parents have before you are all entwined in dilemma. Go to for a multitude of information on subjects from how to talk to your parents, disease processes, how to take care of yourself as a caregiver, expert advice with Q&A, educational webinars and videos…more information than you ever wanted to know. But knowledge is power and brings some peace in the midst of whirlwind changes.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good backup plan!

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