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.