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Charise Jensen with the Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services tells us how caregivers can deal with the holidays.

Stress of holidays
• Anxiety and depression have a tendency to spike during this time with both the caregiver and care receiver.
How to deal with the holiday stress...SIMPLIFY!
• When family comes into town
o Use them to take a break

• Engage with the Senior
o Senior might have declined to the point of not being able to communicate or they don`t remember, but still have feelings ...love, sadness, etc.
o Lightly touch their arm (human contact)
o Reminisce
o Music

• Simple meals or desserts
o Refer to our Pinterest site; go to our caregiver website under resources, or go to SLCO Aging & Adult Services for ideas

You can find more information at slco.org/caregiver