Whether your loved one has been recently diagnosed with a form of dementia or is in an advanced stage of the disease, the hustle and bustle of the holidays can be extra challenging for them and their family caregivers.
When it comes to enjoying this festive time together, there are tips to follow that will benefit the caregiver and other things to be done for the good of the person living with dementia.
The holidays must go on! And they still can, with a few specific considerations:
Between the shopping, the cards, the decorating, the baking, the traveling, and more, the holidays can feel overwhelming for even the healthiest person. Consider:
When someone living with dementia is over-stimulated, they may exhibit difficult behaviors and increase stress for everyone involved. Instead, adjust your expectations and activity plans:
The Alzheimer’s Association reminds loved ones to keep in mind that changes in behavior and memory are caused by the disease and not the person.
When you are caring for another person—whether during the holidays or another time of year—it helps if you can be your own caregiver too. The holidays can be an emotionally draining time for some people and the best defense against this is preparation:
Just because someone in your family is living with dementia does not mean that you—and they—cannot enjoy the spirit of the holiday season this year.
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