Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The coming holiday season!

Good afternoon everybody! I hope you all enjoyed Veterans Day.  Thank you to all the Vets who served our country, protecting what makes America great.  The holiday season is approaching fast, we just had Veterans Day, next Thursday is Thanksgiving, Friday is Black Friday, then we have Cyber Monday (think Black Friday for online stores like Amazon), and then all that's left is the Holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, what have you) before the new years!

Speaking of holidays, it's the time for families to reconnect and share love and meals.  Odds are your family has someone who has some form of dementia and most people don't know how to deal with the situations that dementia brings.  Make sure you avoid correcting them, as they'll only feel frustrated and won't understand why.  Furthermore, don't keep asking them if they remember something specific, because that too will lead to frustration.  Making someone with dementia try to remember isn't like rehabilitating someone with muscular atrophy, exercises won't correct the problem, modern medicine just hasn't caught up with dementia yet.  Just be there for your loved one, make them feel comfortable, and enjoy the positive moments, isn't that the main focus of the holidays anyways?

What's your favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal and do you have a favorite memory at Thanksgiving? Share yours in the comments!

I like Turkey, stuffing, and gravy! Especially if its the next day's leftovers mixed into a sandwich!

As for memories (when I was very young), my mother had overcooked a spiral ham and it had dried out to the point of being crispy, and my sister and I found out that certain parts of the "ham jerky" split in squares without cutting.  We took those squares and stuck them between our lips and teeth similar to gag gift buck teeth.  It looked so gross, having huge brown teeth, making faces at each other, but it was loads of fun.  I think we played with our food more than we ate it that day, but we did it as a family.

Let's not forget to congratulate Gabrielle Young for being our Employee of the Month for November!  Her dedication and hard work really makes her shine as a caregiver!

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