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Celebrating the Holidays While Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.


Enjoying the holidays with the family is important to all of us, but changes may need to occur depending on your loved one, and the progressiveness of the disease and how comfortable the person with the disease is in different environments and social settings. I read an article in Alzheimer’s.net a couple of years ago which gave suggestions for the holidays, but realistically these same suggestions could be used for anyone caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s/Dementia or any other form of disabilities who sometimes feels overwhelmed.

It is okay to say no. You’re not obligated to attend every social gathering or obligated to host parties.

Avoid large crowds and loud noises. Loud noises can confuse or frustrate someone with dementia. Go to smaller, low-key events.

Involve them in holiday preparations. Having them participate in the fun can create special memories for your family. Decorating cookies, hanging decorations, and setting the table can be done together.

Keep traditions alive. They may not remember past traditions, but it doesn’t mean you can’t continue to honor them. Singing Christmas carols and eating holiday foods can help them connect to holiday celebrations.

Designate a quiet room. Choose one room in the house that is specifically for them to escape if things become too hectic.

Most important: Remember to take care of yourself. A person with dementia does not have to be involved in every holiday outing or all activities. It is okay to plan to attend parties without them. In most cases they would probably prefer it. Allow LifeStyle Options to help you with this by providing you with a caregiver that will care for them while you are enjoying your traditions during this holiday season.

These tips are just a few suggestions that will allow all your family to still have a pleasant and memorable holiday experience.



Posted on November 17, 2023 by Jane Keys CDP, CMDCP in older adults, in seniors, in memory loss

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