Article by Alissa Sauer, Alzheimers.net
“The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, full of celebration with family. But for caregivers and the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, the holidays can be nothing short of overwhelming.
The holiday season brings additional financial strain, a disruption in routine and many more unforeseen commitments that can contribute to caregiver stress. Read how one daughter sees through the holiday stress and finds peace with her father’s dementia through the holidays.
Finding Triumph in Tragedy: Christmas with Alzheimer’s
Colleen Carrol Campbell is an author, broadcast journalist and a former presidential speechwriter. In a recent post on Maria Shriver’s blog, Campbell opened up about her father’s Alzheimer’s and the impact it had on her family’s Christmas celebration.
Her father, a devout Catholic, loved Christmas and would stay up late putting together toys on Christmas Eve, rising early Christmas morning to watch his children open their gifts. It was a very special time for their family so that when Alzheimer’s came, the changes in Christmas were apparent and devastating.”