Prioritizing Health Over Tradition This Holiday Season Tuesday, December 20, 2022 The holiday season can bring lots of excitement with family meals and gift giving, but for loved ones who experience Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, elaborate celebrations may feel overwhelming. Caretakers of seniors with memory issues may also feel pressure to make the holidays look or feel a certain way by honoring past traditions. This year, take the stress out of the winter season by designing celebrations that fit the current needs of seniors and caretakers in your family by prioritizing health over tradition. Explore our roundup of past blog articles for tips on mindfulness, physical well-being, and staying warm throughout the winter season: For Seniors 5 Daily Habits to Strengthen Your Brain Engaging your mind, memory, and problem-solving skills on multiple levels can help decrease your risk of developing dementia later on. 3 Tips to Prepare for Colder Weather Elderly people are at risk for hypothermia, heart attack, or worse when their body temperature dips below 95°F. Ensure they are warm and healthy at home in preparation for the changing seasons. What You’re Thinking Can Affect Your Health: 5 Ways to Feel More Positive Positive thinking has been shown to increase energy levels and better quality of sleep; improve psychological health and lower your chances of developing depression; and support effective coping skills for managing stress, anxiety, and anger. For Caretakers Appreciating the Present It is not uncommon for caretakers and family members to feel overwhelmed by all of the moving parts, but taking the time to appreciate the present can make all of the difference – for you, for your loved one, and for your entire family. Day-to-Day Tips for Caretakers In between the big transitional moments, family caregivers face small everyday challenges. Learn more about living with a loved one with dementia. Preventive Measures To Decrease Your Loved One’s Chances of Falling When you start to notice your loved one’s balance isn’t as strong as it used to be, take immediate preventative measures to avoid the risk of tripping or falling. Willow River is Here to Help At Willow River, our goal is to provide tips and advice to everyone we serve–from current and prospective residents, to caretakers and engaged family members. We understand the challenges Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources to assist you in this transition. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 or contact us through our website to start the conversation today.