Mayo Clinic Holiday Recipes: Celebrate with Healthy, Festive Fare

(Mayo Clinic) Create a healthy holiday menu with these great-tasting recipes.

The holiday season means get-togethers with family and friends and, of course, food. Mix and match these holiday recipes to put together healthy and festive meals.

Appetizers

Recipe: Artichokes alla Romana

Recipe: Chipotle spiced shrimp

Recipe: Smoked trout spread

Soups

Recipe: Cream of wild rice soup

Recipe: Pumpkin soup

Recipe: Roasted squash soup

Recipe: Vegetable, lentil and garbanzo bean stew

Salads

Recipe: Ambrosia with coconut and toasted almonds

Recipe: Butternut squash and apple salad

Recipe: French green lentil salad

Recipe: Salad greens with pears, fennel and walnuts

Main Dishes

Recipe: Beef brisket

Recipe: Herb-rubbed turkey au jus

Recipe: Linguine with roasted butternut squash sauce

Recipe: Orange rosemary roasted chicken

Recipe: Shrimp scampi

Vegetable Sides

Recipe: Brussels sprouts with shallots and lemon

Recipe: Creamed Swiss chard

Recipe: Creole-style black-eyed peas

Recipe: Holiday green bean casserole

Recipe: Honey-glazed sweet potatoes

Bread and Muffins

Recipe: Best honey whole-wheat bread

Recipe: Morning glory muffins

Recipe: Popovers

Holiday Desserts

Recipe: Carrot cake

Recipe: Cheese latkes

Recipe: Fruitcake

Recipe: Fruited rice pudding

Recipe: Kugel

Recipe: Lemon cheesecake

Recipe: New England trifle

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Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia

(Alzheimer’s Association) Mixing party time and dementia makes for an interesting brew. People can often become distracted from the spirit of celebration by worrying about reducing a loved one’s anxiety, or protecting everyday routines at events that are anything but routine. This all takes some thinking and planning.

It is worth noting that the holidays celebrate getting through hard times together and prompt us to be compassionate. Thanksgiving reminds us to share gratefully the everyday good things. In winter, holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah bring families together in the spirit of giving and human warmth. New Year’s celebrates letting go of the past to make a better future.

Dementia care relates to this spirit: looking after one another in difficult times, because this honors the best in us. The magic lies in having some fun while we’re at it!

Many families choose to continue long-standing traditions that reassure them family life is larger than dementia. Loved ones with Alzheimer’s may be comforted by familiar patterns and find delight in the vitality of the young. On the other hand, others plan around needs of the person with dementia in order to reduce the risk of frustration and blame.

Here are a few tried and true stress-busters to help temper holiday stress:

  • Consider passing on hosting responsibilities and enjoy the hospitality of friends or family
  • Avoid over-stimulation and over-tiring by eating earlier in the day, and steer clear of long travel
  • Use the buddy system and assign someone familiar to the individual with dementia to shield them from distress and give a break to the primary caregiver
  • Visit the Alzheimer’s Association for more tips for handling holiday challenges at www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_holidays.asp

Gift-Giving Tips for People with Dementia

Early Stage: Individuals may be aware of their problems. Choose gifts that will enhance independence and activity.

  • Tickets to a concert, musical or sporting event
  • A fruit basket, frozen meals or other meals that are healthful but easy to prepare
  • Photo albums or a collage of old family photos

Middle Stage: Since more assistance is needed and the attention span in the individual is shorter, try gifts that focus on organization and the familiar.

  • Gifts that involve sorting and arranging or cutting
  • Picture books featuring celebrities, historical places and nature
  • Taped religious services and music from church services

Late Stage: Capacity to deal with anything complicated is diminished in the later stage, so choose gifts that keep in mind that comprehension and understanding is poor.

  • Memory books or boxes made up of old photos and mementos
  • Visits from well-behaved animals
  • Lap robes, shawls and warm footwear to keep warm with poor circulation
  • Stuffed animals, dolls, or pillows to bring a sense of comfort
  • Hand and body lotion along with a massage

Lastly, be reminded that the holidays are a rest point between past struggles and an uncertain future. Enjoy the moment!

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Alzheimer’s: Tips to Make Holidays More Enjoyable

(Mayo Clinic) Holidays can be bittersweet for families affected by Alzheimer’s. Try these simple tips to make the holidays less disruptive and more pleasant for everyone.

If you’re like many who are caring for a loved one with dementia, the holiday season may not feel so merry. Memories of better times may surface as reminders of what you’ve lost or what has changed. At a time when you believe you should be happy, you may instead find that stress, disappointment and sadness prevail.

At the same time, you may think that you should live up to expectations of family traditions and how things ought to be. As a caregiver, it isn’t realistic to think that you will have the time or the energy to participate in all of the holiday activities as you once did.

Yet, by adjusting your expectations and modifying some traditions, you can still find meaning and joy for you and your family. Here are some ideas.

Keep it Simple at Home

If you’re caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s at home:

  • Make preparations together. If you bake, your loved one may be able to participate by measuring flour, stirring batter or rolling dough. You may find it meaningful to open holiday cards or wrap gifts together. Remember to concentrate on the process, rather than the result.
  • Tone down your decorations. Blinking lights and large decorative displays can cause disorientation. Avoid lighted candles and other safety hazards, as well as decorations that could be mistaken for edible treats — such as artificial fruits.
  • Host quiet, slow-paced gatherings. Music, conversation and meal preparation all add to the noise and stimulation of an event. Yet for a person who has Alzheimer’s, a calm and quiet environment usually is best. Keep daily routines in place as much as possible and, as needed, provide your loved one a place to rest during family get-togethers.

Be Practical Away from Home

If your loved one lives in a nursing home or other facility:

  • Celebrate in the most familiar setting. For many people who have Alzheimer’s, a change of environment — even a visit home — can cause anxiety. Instead of creating that disruption, consider holding a small family celebration at the facility. You might also participate in holiday activities planned for the residents.
  • Minimize visitor traffic. Arrange for a few family members to drop in on different days. Even if your loved one isn’t sure who’s who, two or three familiar faces are likely to be welcome, while nine or 10 people may be overwhelming.
  • Schedule visits at your loved one’s best time of day. People who have Alzheimer’s tire easily, especially as the disease progresses. Your loved one may appreciate morning and lunchtime visitors more than those in the afternoon or evening.

Care for Yourself

Consider your needs, as well as those of your loved one. To manage your expectations of yourself:

  • Pick and choose. Decide which holiday activities and traditions are most important, and focus on those you enjoy. Remember that you can’t do it all.
  • Simplify. Bake fewer cookies. Buy fewer gifts. Don’t feel pressured to display all of your holiday decorations or include a handwritten note with each holiday card. Ask others to provide portions of holiday meals.
  • Delegate. Remember family members and friends who’ve offered their assistance. Let them help with cleaning, addressing cards and shopping for gifts. Ask if one of your children or a close friend could stay with your loved one while you go to a holiday party.

Trust your Instincts

As a caregiver, you know your loved one’s abilities best. You also know what’s most likely to agitate or upset your loved one. Resist pressure to celebrate the way others may expect you to. Remember, you can’t control the progress of Alzheimer’s or protect your loved one from all distress — but by planning and setting firm boundaries, you can avoid needless holiday stress and enjoy the warmth of the season.

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Holidays and Alzheimer’s Families

(Alzheimer’s Association) The holidays are a time when family and friends often come together. But for families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.

Familiarize Others with the Situation

The holidays are full of emotions, so it can help to let guests know what to expect before they arrive.

If the person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, relatives and friends might not notice any changes. But the person with dementia may have trouble following conversation or tend to repeat him- or herself.  Family can help with communication by being patient, not interrupting or correcting, and giving the person time to finish his or her thoughts.

If the person is in the middle or late stages of Alzheimer’s, there may be significant changes in cognitive abilities since the last time an out-of-town friend or relative has visited.  These changes can be hard to accept. Make sure visitors understand that changes in behavior and memory are caused by the disease and not the person.

You may find this easier to share changes in a letter or email that can be sent to multiple recipients. Here are some examples:

“I’m writing to let you know how things are going at our house. While we’re looking forward to your visit, we thought it might be helpful if you understood our current situation before you arrive.

“You may notice that ___ has changed since you last saw him/her. Among the changes you may notice are ___.

“Because ___ sometimes has problems remembering and thinking clearly, his/her behavior is a little unpredictable.

“Please understand that ___ may not remember who you are and may confuse you with someone else. Please don’t feel offended by this. He/she appreciates your being with us and so do I.”

For more ideas on how to let others know about changes in your loved one, join ALZConnected, our online support community where caregivers like you share tips on what has worked for them.

Adjust Expectations

  • Call a meeting to discuss upcoming plans. The stress of caregiving responsibilities layered with holiday traditions can take a toll. Invite family and friends to a face-to-face meeting, or if geography is an obstacle, set up a telephone conference call. Make sure everyone understands your caregiving situation and has realistic expectations about what you can do. Be honest about any limitations or needs, such as keeping a daily routine.
  • Be good to yourself. Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage. If you’ve always invited 15 to 20 people to your home, consider paring it down to a few guests for a simple meal. Let others contribute. Have a potluck dinner or ask them to host at their home. You also may want to consider breaking large gatherings up into smaller visits of two or three people at a time to keep the person with Alzheimer’s and yourself from getting overtired.
  • Do a variation on a theme. If evening confusion and agitation are a problem, consider changing a holiday dinner into a holiday lunch or brunch. If you do keep the celebration at night, keep the room well-lit and try to avoid any known triggers.

Involve the Person with Dementia

  • Build on past traditions and memories. Focus on activities that are meaningful to the person with dementia. Your family member may find comfort in singing old holiday songs or looking through old photo albums.
  • Involve the person in holiday preparation. As the person’s abilities allow, invite him or her to help you prepare food, wrap packages, help decorate or set the table. This could be as simple as having the person measure an ingredient or hand decorations to you as you put them up. (Be careful with decoration choices. Blinking lights may confuse or scare a person with dementia, and decorations that look like food could be mistaken as edible.)
  • Maintain a normal routine. Sticking to the person’s normal routine will help keep the holidays from becoming disruptive or confusing. Plan time for breaks and rest.

Adapt Gift Giving

  • Encourage safe and useful gifts for the person with dementia. Diminishing capacity may make some gifts unusable or even dangerous to a person with dementia. If someone asks for gift ideas, suggest items the person with dementia needs or can easily enjoy. Ideas include: an identification bracelet (available through MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®), comfortable clothing, audiotapes of favorite music, videos and photo albums.
  • Put respite care on your wish list. If friends or family ask what you want for a gift, suggest a gift certificate or something that will help you take care of yourself as you care for your loved one. This could be a cleaning or household chore service, an offer to provide respite care, or something that provides you with a bit of rest and relaxation.

When the Person Lives in a Care Facility

A holiday is still a holiday whether it is celebrated at home or at a care facility. Here are some ways to celebrate together:

  • Consider joining your loved one in any facility-planned holiday activities
  • Bring a favorite holiday food to share
  • Sing holiday songs and ask if other residents can join in
  • Read a favorite holiday story or poem out loud

The Alzheimer’s Association Can Help

Do you have questions or concerns about your loved one’s changing behavior? The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help.

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiving Tips for the Holidays

(Rutgers University) The holidays can be an especially challenging time for family caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. To help families navigate holiday visits, Rutgers Today spoke with Mary Catherine Lundquist, program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline (800-424-2494) for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

How should families approach traditional holiday gatherings?
Lundquist: If you have a family member with memory loss, the best thing you can do is adjust your expectations. There are so many changes and challenges with Alzheimer’s disease that the key to success at the holidays is being flexible and creative.

Adult children who have one parent with dementia and the other as the caregiver should consider what is in the best interest of each parent when planning events. For example, while children might long to visit their parents with their families on one special day for the sake of tradition, that might be the last thing the caregiver desires. Mom might have been up all night caring for Dad and the house might be disorderly because she is too busy to clean.

Structure and routine are important for a person with dementia. If there is any change – like attending a gathering at another home – he or she could be out of sorts for the next few days, adding stress to the caregiver. Sometimes, it’s best for the loved one to stay at home and receive visits of 30 minutes or less from a small number of guests stretched out over a period of days. Keep the number of guests to a minimum; sometimes even having two extra people in the room can be too much stimulation.

How can caregivers prepare traveling family members for the changes in their loved one?
Lundquist: Talk with your out-of-town family beforehand and let them know that their loved one may be different than last year so they are not shocked by changes. Be specific. Say, for example, ‘He’s not talking a lot’ or ‘She may ask the same questions over and over again’ or ‘He may not know who you are.’ Discuss some behaviors they might witness, such as walking around the house, needing assistance in using the bathroom or being messy when eating.

What are the best ways family members can spend quality time with a loved one during a visit?
Lundquist: Holidays can be sad times for families dealing with memory loss because they realize things and people are not as they used to be. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the time we have together and make new connections and memories.

When visiting someone with memory loss, bring a bag of tricks: snacks, coloring books, crafts, photographs, memorabilia. There are so many ways we can connect with each other even when a person can no longer talk or remember a shared history. Music – especially singing songs together – is a wonderful way to share an experience. Although people lose the ability to converse, their ability to sing is preserved in a beautiful way. Plus, the holidays present a roster of familiar carols.

Tactile projects, such as coloring or making cookies, are other ways to enjoy time together. Engage loved ones in ways that match their abilities: Perhaps they can hold a bowl or roll dough. It’s even meaningful if they simply sit at the table while others perform the tasks. You also can look at holiday cards together and use the visuals to make small talk.

People with dementia may lose their ability to have a conversation. Guests and caregivers can converse, but should make the loved one feel included even if they don’t respond. Don’t shy away from reminiscing as that can be a comfort to the caregiver. However, refrain from asking the loved one ‘Do you remember?’ or expecting them to give you details from the past. It’s also good to remind the loved one of your name and your relationship to them from time to time.

How should family members initially approach a loved one with dementia?
Lundquist: Enter the room slowly and offer your hand respectfully. Wait for the loved one to take it and respect them if they do not. Introduce yourself by name and relationship. Never ask “Do you know who I am?” If you want to hug them, lean in slowly and read their cues. If they get tense or back up, they are not comfortable. Realize that people who never wanted to be touched may suddenly be interested in holding your hand all the time – and vice versa. Read their cues and be open.

How can family members reduce the stress of caregiving during the holiday?
Lundquist: It’s very isolating to be a caregiver, especially as the illness progresses. Caregivers often do not get out and are lonely – a situation that is compounded by being at home all day with a person who is unable to engage with them. Whatever you can do to brighten their day is appreciated, whether it’s bringing them a meal or, better yet, offering to stay with the person so the caregiver can attend a family gathering or take time for him or herself.

Extend this gift of yourself throughout the year. If you’re an adult child of someone with dementia, offer to stay with a parent each weekend for a few hours to provide relief to a caregiving parent or sibling.

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Perfect Gifts for Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities

(Ezine) It’s no secret that finding the perfect gift for a senior citizen is a bit difficult, but shopping for a present for someone living in an assisted living facility is a little more tedious. Individuals in long-term care facilities may not need much more than the everyday necessities. However, when it comes birthdays or Christmas presents, they deserve something a little extra special too.

Keep it simple. There’s no need to go overboard with the gifts you buy for an individual living in assisted living facility. In many places, the seniors’ rooms remain unlocked, so you will want something that isn’t extremely valuable in case it gets broken or misplaced

Gifts for Seniors in Long-Term Care Facilities

Here are some gift ideas for those living in nursing homes or other types of long-term residential facilities:

  • Soap, lotions and other toiletries
  • Tissues with decorative holders
  • Box of miscellaneous greeting cards with pre-stamped envelopes
  • Filled picture frames and photo albums
  • Homemade treats (if allowed)
  • Decorative hand towels
  • Lap blankets
  • Phone cards
  • Homemade arts and crafts (from grandchildren)
  • Favorite music on CD
  • Large-print books and puzzles
  • Housecoat and slippers
  • Bed jacket, shawl or nice cardigan sweater
  • New shirts and pants
  • New blanket or afghan
  • Pads of paper and pens to write notes
  • Hats, scarves and gloves
  • Stuffed animals
  • Large dial watch or alarm clock
  • Costume jewelry and hair accessories

Gifts That Keep Giving

There are also many gifts you can give to someone living in an assisted living facility that don’t cost anything more than time. Most often, these mean more than items purchased from a store:

  • Acknowledgement:  Just smiling and saying hello to other residents gives them a feeling of reassurance and respect.
  • Compliments:  Taking notice of a resident’s new haircut or sweater will boost his or her self-esteem.
  • Conversation:  Many residents enjoy talking especially to someone new. Spend a few minutes chatting with several residents; it will make their day.
  • Teach a skill:  Knitting and crocheting are pretty popular at senior housing facilities, so if you have these skills, spend an afternoon with residents who enjoy these crafts too. If possible, bring in some extra yarn and needles or hooks so others can get involved.
  • Reading:  Spend a few hours each week or month reading to those who can no longer see well enough to read.
  • Bring on the music: If you are musically inclined or know someone who is, spend some time each month conducting sing-a-longs with the residents.
  • Activity helper:  Call out numbers for a bingo game or help players with their game cards.
  • Raise money:  Organize a community fundraiser to help raise funds for an assisted living facility; money raised can purchase crafts and other activities.

Final Note

Don’t buy gifts that are heavy or take up a lot of space. There isn’t much room for them. Also, many residents of assisted living facilities don’t have families or friends who visit, so you may want to add them to your shopping lists for birthdays or Christmas. They will certainly enjoy and appreciate being remembered.

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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

(HuffPost Healthy Living) As shared in The Shriver Report, three out of five people who take on the enormous task of caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease are women. And, almost a third of the women who were surveyed reported that they are the primary caregivers for both their children and their elderly parents.

By becoming an Alzheimer’s caregiver, a woman must transition from the role of wife, daughter or sister to caregiver and nurturer for her loved one. Sadly, research indicates that middle-aged women who are experiencing ongoing stress have a higher risk of developing Alzhiemer’s later in life.

This Mother’s Day, take the time to reach out and do something special to acknowledge a woman whom you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Whether she is your own mother or just a friend, having support from those around her will be invaluable to her ability to manage the many stresses in her life.

Below are some ways that you can help.

Offer some respite time.

If you live nearby, one of the best gifts you can give is to offer her some time off. Take over some of her caregiving duties for an afternoon, a day or an entire weekend if you can. Even if you aren’t able to provide the care alone, you can at least be there with her to lend a hand and make caregiving easier.

You might also do some research on short-term stays in senior living communities to help her know what options are available. Taking breaks is critical for caregivers so that they can de-stress and take care of themselves for a change.

Connect her to a support group.

Connecting a caregiver to a support group or local workshop doesn’t simply mean that you inform her that the group exists. You need to take the extra steps necessary to help get her there. Give her one less thing to worry about by offering a ride to the meeting or to stay with her loved one while she attends. Support groups are invaluable, as they provide an opportunity to share advice, commiserate and learn from others who have the same concerns, stresses and challenges. These meetings provide a confidential outlet for sharing feelings and receiving comfort.

Tell her about online resources.

Message boards, blogs and chat rooms provide another medium for sharing stories, connecting with others who have similar challenges and learning from one another. She may not have the time to sit down at the computer, but you can help her by listening to her concerns and perhaps even sharing her thoughts or posting questions on her behalf.

To save her time in researching relevant message board threads, you can also identify specific issues she may be struggling with and seek out online resources that may help her. Another way for caregivers to stay informed and feel empowered is to keep abreast of the latest news and research outcomes.

You could also follow the news yourself and print out, email or share the most relevant information so that she doesn’t have to spend that extra time researching.

Honor her by posting a message about her on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Sharing a story about just how special she is or acknowledging her with a “thank you” will lift her spirits and let her know just how much she is appreciated. Additionally, think about the other caregivers that could be inspired by reading her story and given the extra strength they need to continue their caregiving responsibilities.

Encourage her to journal.

Purchase a journal for her and encourage her to write down her thoughts and feelings about being a caregiver. Journaling is a powerful way for a person to confront their own emotions and begin to process them in a healthy fashion.

Mother’s Day provides the opportunity to show an Alzheimer’s caregiver, especially one who is also a mother, how much she is valued and appreciated. By taking the time to share these resources with her, you will help her realize she is not facing the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease alone. Your support can make a real difference in her ability to cope with stress, remain healthy and continue to provide great care for her loved one.

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Mother’s Day is May 8: Gifts for People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers

(Alzheimer’s Association) If you have a caregiver or a person with Alzheimer’s on your gift-giving list, we’ve got some suggestions to make your shopping a bit easier.

Gifts for People with Alzheimer’s

In the early stages

Items to help remember things

  • magnetic reminder refrigerator pads
  • Post-It notes
  • baskets or trays that can be labeled within cabinets or drawers
  • a small pocket-sized diary or notebook
  • erasable white boards for key rooms in the house
  • a memorable calendar featuring family photos – write special family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries

Items to help with everyday tasks

  • a memory phone that can store up to eight pictures with the names and contact information of family and friends automatic medication dispenser that can help the person living with Alzheimer’s remember to take medicine
  • nightlights that come on automatically when it gets dark
  • a clock with the date and time in large type

Items to help keep the person engaged  

  • an outing to a movie, play or concert, sporting event, museum or possibly an organized holiday shopping trip with friends and family
  • favorite musical CDs or CD with compilation of favorite tunes
  • VHS/DVD collection of favorite movies
  • activities such as scrapbooking or other craft projects

In the middle-to-late stages 

Sensory stimulation gifts. Stimulating the five senses may bring back pleasant memories. Give gifts such as:

  • scented lotions
  • a fluffy bathrobe in a favorite color
  • a soft blanket or afghan to keep warm

Clothes. Get comfortable, easy to remove, easily washable clothes such as:

  • sweat suits
  • knits
  • large banded socks
  • shoes with Velcro ties
  • wrinkle free nightgowns, nightshirts and robes

Music. Research shows that music has a positive impact on individuals with Alzheimer’s, bringing them back to good times, increasing stimulation and providing an opportunity to interact with family members. Buy favorite CDs or burn a CD full of musical favorites

Framed photographs or a photo collage. Copy photos of family members and friends at photo centers, insert the names of the people in the photo and put in frames or in a photo album created specifically for that person.

MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®.  Enroll the person in MedicAlert + Safe Return, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for wandering and medical emergencies.

Gifts for Caregivers

  • The gift of time. Cost-effective and truly meaningful gifts are self-made coupons for cleaning the house, cooking a meal, mowing the lawn, shoveling the driveway, and giving time off so a caregiver can do something to meet their needs.
  • Gift cards and certificates. Give gift certificates for restaurants, laundry/dry cleaning services, lawn care services, computer/technology support, maid services, and personal pampering services such as massages and pedicures.
  • Books. In addition to giving novels on the caregiver’s “must read” list, there are also a number of books on caregiving such as “The 36-Hour Day” by N.L.Mace and P.V. Rabins; “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care” by V. Bell and D. Troxel; and “Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook,” by H. Gruetzner; and “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers” by Frank Broyles. Also consider giving book on CD.
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Purchase DVR/TiVo and year’s worth of service so the caregiver can record favorite shows or sports programs he or she may not be able watch in real time due to care responsibilities.
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