As a professional in the field of aging, Sara had seen it all—until her own mother broke her hip at the age of 88 and became profoundly confused, unable to live in her own home. Join Sara on her journey through the strangeness that is dementia while trying to make sense of it all and finding humor in the details. [Editor's note: Sara no longer contributes to Silver Planet, but we have made her archived blog entries available as a service to our readers.]
Tips to enjoy the season with your old, frail, possibly demented family member are easy to find on the Internet. Just type “ caregiver holiday tips” into your search engine, and a long list of Web site options will be displayed on your screen.
While I have tremendous respect for anyone who develops a holiday tip list, I find that many of those tips don’t apply to my situation. My mother lives in a dementia-oriented assisted living center in Seattle and may not have far to go.
So I decided to develop my own holiday tips for myself. Maybe there is something helpful here for you as well. Here are the eight guidelines I plan to follow:
Many, many years ago, while living in Germany, I lived with very nice people who were guided by the tenets of transcendental meditation. Here’s one adage I retain from that experience and still try to live by today: “Take it easy and as it comes.” This holiday season, I am embracing that philosophy whole-heartedly.
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, filled with the blessings of amor, dinero, y salud (love, money, and health).
By Sara Myers
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