The holiday season can be merry and bright for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementias, as well as their caregivers and family members. Planning ahead and finding the right balance for everyone helps ensure the holidays remain joyous times!
It is important to build on past traditions and focus on activities that are meaningful to the person living with dementia: sing old holiday songs, watch favorite holiday movies, look through old photo albums, take drives to look at the Christmas lights, make crafts or greeting cards, interact with beloved pets and children, or bake traditional foods together.
Maintaining a normal routine helps minimize disruptions and reduce confusion. Time and space for breaks and rest are critical for the person living with dementia.
And finally, be sensitive that the person may feel overwhelmed. They may also be fearful as they don’t know where they are or who is around them. Correcting errors that a person with dementia makes or asking “Do you remember…” questions should also be avoided.
For additional tips and strategies, click the link below:https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/holiday-hints-alzheimers-caregivers