The event coincides with the release of the fourth Fearless Caregiver Guide: HOLIDAY CAREGIVING http://www.caregiver.com. “Halloween is actually a great time to be solidifying your plans for the holiday season with as much calm and preparation as possible,” said Gary Edward Barg, the founder and editor-in-chief of Today's Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com and author of the new Fearless Caregiver Guide.
Complimentary copies of the new Fearless Caregiver Holiday Guides to be presented to all attendees.
“With the holidays, there is much confusion with the hustle and bustle of preparing for extra company, fixing special meals and playing the host while trying to enjoy the whole experience as well,” Barg said. “For a caregiver, this time can add a whole new set of strains to an already stressful situation.”
Barg offers some tips for making the holidays enjoyable and less stressful for all:
1.) Try to include your loved one in some holiday preparations. Give him or her something to do that is within their abilities and that will make them feel useful. Occupying their time will help you get other things done as well.
2.) Maintain a sense of familiarity. Go easy on the decorations, and don’t move too much furniture to accommodate trees or other objects. Changing familiar surroundings can lead to confusion, especially for someone with memory problems, physical impairment, or other handicap. Extra cords, fragile decorations, and piles of gifts can be hazards to those with limited mobility.
3.) With all of the holiday hubbub, your loved one could become confused and agitated. Try to limit the number of guests in your home at one time, and make sure that someone is always knows the whereabouts of your loved one. If he or she tends to wander, there is a chance that this may happen when everyone thinks someone else is on watch.
4.) Ask for help! Don’t try to take on all of the burdens of caring for your loved one and preparing for the holidays. Something as simple as asking a neighbor or other relative to stay with your loved one for a few hours while you get some shopping done can make all the difference between a calm and a stressed-out holiday.
5.) Most importantly, take time for yourself. Spend an hour in a bubble bath, read a book, play in the snow. Do something that you enjoy, and have fun. The holidays are about fun and enjoyment, so make sure that you have some of both.
“Caregiving is a daunting challenge,” Barg says. “Caregivers may have unusually high expectations during holidays and special occasions. Knowing that this might be a last birthday, anniversary, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., caregivers may feel enormous pressure to make this time especially significant. But keeping your level of expectations realistic will make the day go smoother for you, your loved one, extended family and friends.”
Family caregivers should register at http://www.Caregiver.com or call (877) 829-2734 while the limited free scholarships are still available. Registration includes lunch and a full day of education and training for the family and professional caregivers. Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Place, Port Saint Lucie, FL.
Supporting the celebration are leading care organizations including Humana, Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach Treasure Coast, Inc., Security One Lending, The Estate, Trust & Elder Law Firm and MyCare Connect, among many others. More than 50,000 family and professional caregivers in 24 states have learned how to be a Fearless Caregiver Advocate for their loved ones, clients and themselves.
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The latest stops on the Fearless Caregiver conference tour in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton were tremendous successes with hundreds of family and professional caregivers participating in full-day events where they received answers to their caregiving questions from physicians, spiritual leaders, and healthcare experts in topics such as Alzheimer’s, MS, cancer, autism, stroke, Social Security, Medicare, diabetes, incontinence and Parkinson’s throughout the day”.
Fearless Caregiver Conference participants will learn:
• What support is available for Florida family caregivers
• Where the money is for caregivers
• How to partner with their family members
• How to ask questions of healthcare leaders in the area
• How to get a loved one to stop driving
• To share information with their fellow caregivers
Who Should Attend?
• Children of aging parents
• Parents caring for children
• Spousal caregivers
• Long-distance caregivers
• Grandparent caregivers
• Pastoral caregivers
• Volunteer caregivers
• Professional caregivers
• And anyone else seeking hands-on advice
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call (800) 829-2734 for information and to reserve your space.
Today’s Caregiver magazine contains cover interviews with celebrity caregivers, articles on caregiving issues and vital resources for all caregivers. Cover interviews have included Clay Walker, Debbie Reynolds, Dixie Carter, Fran Drescher, Debbie Reynolds, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Della Reese, Patricia Richardson and Clay Aiken. The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge at http://www.caregiver.com.