Caregivers Can Help Loved Ones Have a Safe Holiday Season

AMES, Iowa -- As the U.S. population ages, more older adults are likely to be diagnosed with a cognitive impairment.

Spending holiday time with someone who experiences cognitive decline may pose caregiving concerns, said Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
 
“The holidays can be stressful for the caregiver and other family members, as well as for a loved one who needs care,” said Dunn Swanson, who specializes in family life issues.
 
Dunn Swanson shared the following tips from the Alzheimer’s Association to help families navigate these circumstances this holiday season.

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