Submitted by: Arden Courts Memory Care, One Senior Place Resident Business

Holiday time is fast approaching and for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, it can be a challenging time of year. Below are some suggestions to help you and your loved one enjoy the season together.

In the midst of preparing for the holidays, a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia will do better in an environment that is as consistent as possible.

Try not to move furniture more than necessary and avoid using blinking lights or decorations that appear to be edible. Be sure to include your loved one’s favorite decorations to spark memories and increase their ability to enjoy the moments.

Play familiar holiday music and prepare the traditional foods they will enjoy.

Try to avoid large crowds and think about inviting guests one at a time to visit.

Name tags can be helpful and will keep your loved one from feeling frustrated and embarrassed when they have difficulty recalling the names of people they should know. Photos of past holidays help to reminisce with visitors.

If you notice signs of increased confusion or agitation, encourage your loved one to rest in a quiet place. Holiday stories from years past help keep your loved one involved and engaged in the celebrations.

It is much easier for people with Alzheimer’s disease to remember things that happened long ago rather than things that happened yesterday, so reminisce with them!

Arden Courts is 100% dedicated to caring for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Call (407) 696-8400 or e-maiI wintersprings@arden-courts.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

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