Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends, clients and their families.  The holiday season can be an anxious time of year for many.  It can be especially anxious time if a loved one has Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.  Your loved one who’s now living with dementia may have formerly been the cornerstone of family holidays and traditions. In order to cope with the changing family dynamics and still celebrate special times, sculpt new traditions and activities that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s new needs.

Stacey Burling, in her article, When Alzheimer’s Joins Holiday Table, published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 19, 2018, outlines several tips which will help you arrange a holiday celebration so that everybody, including people with dementia and their caregivers, can have a good time:

  • Have realistic hosting ideas.
  • Educate other guests prior to the holiday gathering about your loved one.
  • Do not over-stimulate the person with dementia.
  • If possible, keep people with dementia involved by looking at family photos or helping to prepare the meal.
  • Dementia and travel may not work out well together.
  • Focus on being together, not on the losses.

Wishing all a safe and happy Thanksgiving together.

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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