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The holidays are the perfect time to assess your parents, make caregiving plans, help out a caregiver, or give yourself a break from caregiving.

The holidays are the perfect time to assess your parents, make caregiving plans, help out a caregiver, or give yourself a break from caregiving.

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  • 1.
    • Speaker
    • Author
    • Consultant
    © 2011 Barbara McVicker, LLC
  • 2. Help a Caregiver You Know www.BarbaraMcVicker.com
  • 3. Ways to help
    • Offer to help clean and cook.
    • Wrap Christmas presents.
    • Go shopping.
    • Pick up the kids.
    • Give them the day off.
    • Drop off dinner.
    • Send a thank you gift to a family that is caregiving.
  • 4. If You Are the Caregiver
  • 5. Take Care of Yourself
    • Ask for help from family, friends, church, community organizations.
    • Get lots of sleep, eat well, exercise, and take breaks.
    • Gift yourself with relaxation. Treat yourself as often as you can.
  • 6. Address Family Problems
  • 7. Assess the Situation
    • Use family gatherings to assess how your parents are really doing. Are they healthy, are they safe?
    • Watch for seasonal and clinical depression at the holidays.
    • Do your parents have a will? A financial plan?
    • Do you know their doctors? Their medications?
  • 8. Talk
    • End family feuds.
    • Talk to siblings about your parents and their needs.
    • Photograph and interview older family members and preserve those memories.
    • Acknowledge past losses. Honor those who are gone by tell stories, continuing traditions, etc.
  • 9.
    • For more tips and ideas go to:
    • www.BarbaraMcVicker.com
  • 10.
    • A lifeline to
    • adult children
    • caregivers
    www.BarbaraMcVicker.com

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