Holidays and Alzheimer’s?

Most of us enjoy the holidays, striving for a festive, leisurely environment where family traditions can be honored.  For people who are caregivers, especially for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients, the holidays can be very stressful attempts to create this holiday atmosphere.
  • So, why not try some of these tools and create new traditions and new memories
  • Talk about and show pictures of the people who are coming to visit.
  • Play familiar holiday music and serve favorite traditional holiday foods.
  • Have loved one watch or help with decorations.
  • People with Alzheimer’s may recognize faces of family members and friends -it’s ok to forget names.
  • Have a “quiet” room for if things get too hectic, and have a familiar person stay with them so they don’t feel isolated or left out.
  • Prepare for distractions beforehand to divert attention if problem behavior occurs.
  • Incorporate favorite traditions from the past.
  • Slow the pace of the activities to allow the person with Alzheimer’s to comprehend as well as enjoy the sensory pleasure from the activity.
Caregivers are also encouraged to:
  • Plan ahead.
  • Take a break regularly.
  • Cut out the unnecessary (keep it simple) – don’t be afraid to say no!
  • Ask for and accept help from family and friends.
  • Set clear limits as to what you are able to do and make sure the family understands your needs and wishes.
  • Create a clear pathway for walking; avoid wires, cords, and throw rugs.
  • And, lastly, be mindful of other safety issues such as candles and dangerous decorations such as ones that look like food or can be poisonous if eaten.
From our office to you and yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!
Click here for tips on how seniors can best prepare for the holidays.
Alice Reiter Feld
Posted in Alice Reiter Feld Florida Elder Law Monday Memos
One comment on “Holidays and Alzheimer’s?
  1. Lena says:

    Kewl you shluod come up with that. Excellent!

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