The holiday season is here and while it can be a joyous time, it also can be stressful when it comes to caring for elderly loved ones.

Tom Egan, president and CEO of the non-profit Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), recommends caregivers agree and never argue with the person they are caring for and to ask them to do things rather than command them.

Egan also suggests caregivers reinforce things, rather than forcing their loved ones to do things and that they reassure and never lecture them. It is also important to check their loved ones’ garages to see if there are signs of fender benders on their cars and to monitor whether the elderly person has lost or gained weight.

FSL will hold a free-of-charge Jamboree of Joy event for family caregivers or care partners from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Franciscan Renewal Center at 5802 E. Lincoln Drive. The event will help caregivers learn how to achieve and maintain emotional fitness. To register, visit




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