Celebrating the holidays with family members who have
dementia can be both challenging and enjoyable. While this time of year can be
busy, stressful, and full of expectations, honoring family traditions
can help a loved one with dementia experience a sense of belonging by
immersing them in positive memories. Remember, spending time requires
mindful adjustments and reworking by balancing time between activities
and quite time.
Other helpful tips about organizing celebrations include:
- Plan ahead but also be flexible. If something goes wrong, find a way to
alleviate the situation instead of attempting to push the agenda. Remember
not to plan too many holiday activities in one day, or even during one week.
- Involve them in activities, such as decorating the tree and home, wrapping
presents, and baking cookies. These activities can help them avoid feeling
stressed. Use ribbon or yarn instead of sharp hooks to hang ornaments.
- When family and friends arrive, it’s best to reacquaint the person
with dementia by talking about them, showing photos or videos. Even consider
using name tags to help them remember or at least familiarize themselves.
- Host your gatherings during the late mornings or early afternoon when energy
is at its best.
- Play family holiday music, but not too loudly, so your loved one will be
able to focus on having conversations.
- Remember, sometimes activities are not necessary. Spending quality, quiet
time with your loved one can be beneficial for everyone.
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