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Enlighten Your Season: Advice for Caregivers of the Elderly

by Lynda Neuenschwander | December 16, 2014

Taking care of elderly loved ones can be very exhausting, especially during the holidays. Care.com talks about things to help lighten the load during the busy season, like decreasing amounts of gifts, taking breaks, and exercising, while talk-early-talk-often.com encourages one to "unplan" the holiday to make room for some true relaxation and memory making. Agingcare.com talks of reducing loneliness for the elderly in your life and gives tips to enhance their experience, while easylivingfl.com promotes being realistic about traditions, making modifications, and seeking help from family members. All good and sound advice, to be sure.

Lighten up your to-do list, lighten up on outside commitments, and lighten up on yourself. So, how do you lighten up? Makeuseof.com says, "Research has shown that the mere physical act of smiling, without actually feeling like it, triggers internal biological reactions that stimulate emotions and contribute to a better mood – in you and others. In other words, when you feel down, fake a big fat smile and you will lighten up automatically. But be careful, it also works the other way around, so remember to keep smiling." Here is a funny story to get you started.

Frasier Crane [Kelsey Grammer], a character in the famous sit-com, "Frasier," had a new life, a new chapter, a new job, and a new apartment in his hometown of Seattle, Washington when it became necessary for his elderly father Marty to move in with him. What began as a very bumpy relationship eventually became a very enlightening and even quite rewarding one. With life's lessons intermixed, Frasier and Marty forge their bond throughout the years learning to deal with major change and trying to still implement some traditions.


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