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Cope with Alzheimer’s and Holiday Stress Combined

The holidays are stressful for people who are in peak performance. For people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers the holiday season might seem overwhelmingly difficult to navigate. First, there appears little for which to feel grateful. Second, there is a contrasting reminder that an exaggerated joy inhabits the world of those not afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Third, there could be overwhelming stimulation that neither patient nor caregiver can handle. Coping strategies are vital.

Every stressor carries a story about the facts. When the narrative contains tragic elements, the story inevitably becomes sad and defeating. If the narrative is uplifting, people are encouraged to adapt and grow toward the light. In stress management perception functions as a primary tool for reframing a negative scenario into a more manageable, revitalized one to regain control and unleash a natural energy for personal empowerment.

How do you create a more positive narrative for Alzheimer’s?
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