Celebrating the holidays is special, but at times can be stressful for families and caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. As the disease progresses, the person with dementia and their family caregivers have a hard time reacting to their needs while continuing to keep up the traditions their family has experienced for decades. The need for structure and a calm environment can hinder or change the plans for the holidays.
Here are some ways to help you navigate through family time together while helping your love one with dementia enjoy the season too.
- Visits and Outings- When planning visits or outings for an individual with dementia consider the following to make the most out of it for both you and your loved one.
- Signs of Stress and Overload– These will come in both verbal and non-verbal signs.
- Simple Activities- These are ideas to create engagement of your loved one with family members.
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