Thanksgiving Survival Tips for Seniors and Their Caregivers

Author: Kristin Worthington

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for Americans, meant to enjoy loved ones, good food, and a relaxed atmosphere. Planning for all this fun and relaxation can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially if you’re a caretaker for the senior loved one in your life. But fear not! Our tips will help you get through Thanksgiving with ease, so you can get back to enjoying what the day is all about—giving thanks for the special loved ones in your life.

Thanksgiving Tips for Caregivers:

Don’t hesitate to receive help. Thanksgiving Day is surrounded by lots of family and friends, and that means there will likely be many people who can help look after your senior loved one so you can enjoy the festivities. Don’t hesitate to let friends and family help! You’ll both be in good hands.

Be prepared. It’s common for elderly people to have special dietary needs. If your senior loved one has difficulty chewing or only likes certain foods, why not be prepared by offering to bring or cook those items. Being prepared will allow everyone to enjoy the meal together and you’ll have the help you need!

Don’t forget about yourself! As a caregiver, it’s easy to lose sight of taking care of your own needs. This Thanksgiving, take advantage of the extra friends and family and allow them to help see to the needs of your senior loved one so you can relax and enjoy your own time with those around you!

Extra Tips for Seniors:

Be mindful. Part of what makes those sauces and gravies so flavorful and rich is the additives used. While they definitely make our food extra yummy, you’ll want to be mindful of any potential allergies your senior may have. Elderly people may also be more sensitive to heartburn or stomach upset with rich food. Encourage them as well, not to overeat. These simple reminders will help everyone feel better and enjoy Thanksgiving a little more!

Socializing. If it so happens that you don’t have family around to share a Thanksgiving meal with, do not let that hinder you from socializing and fun! Reach out to a local senior center, church, or neighborhood and dine together! There is no reason anyone should have to be alone on Thanksgiving.

Stay Healthy. The holidays can be a vulnerable time for all of us when it comes to our health, but especially for seniors! Don’t hesitate to call their doctor and schedule a check-up appointment ahead of the holidays. Depression, cold and flu, and many other conditions can be more prevalent during this time of year, so stay mindful of health. Keeping prescriptions filled on time will help if you plan to travel.

Thanksgiving should be a time to relax and just enjoy friends and family. We hope these tips will help you to have the best holiday season ever. From all of us at Home Helpers, Happy Thanksgiving!!



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