Although the holidays can be times of happiness and joy with family and loved ones, they can also be stressful and difficult if a loved one or family member is dealing with a difficult illness such as cancer, diabetes, or Alzheimer's disease.
Usual holiday traditions may be disrupted by treatment needs or unpleasant side effects; the demands of the season may feel overwhelming when combined with the emotions stirred by dealing with a serious illness.
Several organizations offer helpful tips and suggestions:
American Cancer Society: "Cancer During the Holidays"
Mayo Clinic on "Alzheimer's: Tips to make holidays more enjoyable"