November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month.
This awareness brings to the forefront information regarding research, any new medical news, new medications in the works, alternative medicine ideas, helpful lifestyle changes and more. Just take a look at www.alz.org where you will find a plethora of information not only about the disease, but the “latest” in the quest for a cure.
Just last month I joined a local fundraising team, not only to raise money, but to also join others to Walk To End Alzheimer’s. If you’ve never engaged in any of the events the Alzheimer’s Association puts on, you should give it a try. This wasn’t my first walk, but it has been several years since I joined one. I was so encouraged by the number of participants and the deep desire to want to help support finding a cure for this despicable disease. We must come together as a whole and use our voices to get through to Congress about how important funding is to continue the amount of research needed to make a breakthrough. The latest information on all of this can be found at www.alz.org.
November is also the beginning of the holiday season starting with Thanksgiving.
Holidays cause enough stress in ordinary daily lives, imagine what it’s like for Caregivers and their families! Here are some ideas I found from the Alzheimer’s Association to help you during the busiest time of the year:
Keep It Simple
- Make lists to stay organized; it reduces stress/anxiety
- Try to find humor in the day – laugh as much as possible
- If you’re hosting a holiday party keep it small
Enjoy The Moment
- Play holiday music
- Watch a holiday movie
- Drive around neighborhoods to see holiday lights
- Decorate as little or as much as makes you happy
A Gift To Yourself
- Get enough sleep and eat well
- Do not overextend yourself
- Give yourself the gift of a walk or time with friends or family
- Ask for help
I’m sure some of you are saying to yourself, “A gift to myself? Really?” Yes! There are plenty of resources to help you find some time for yourself; take advantage of those, especially during the holidays.
May you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving!