The holiday season brings joy and togetherness to many, but for seniors living with dementia it can be a difficult time. The holidays are filled with unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells which can be very disorienting and overwhelming. Elders with dementia may become confused or frustrated when they cannot remember why they have come to a certain place or what the purpose of the celebration is. This confusion can lead to anxiety, agitation and wanting to return home.
To make the holidays easier for people with dementia, families should conisider limiting social engagements. Focus on creating meaningful moments instead of jumping from one engagement to another. Preparation is key in helping people with dementia to feel comfortable during the holidays. If possible, create a comfortable, calm and famliar environment with familiar holiday decorations, sounds smells, and even furniture. Avoid unfamiliar activities such as late night parties or large gatherings of people. Additionally, it is important to plan activities ahead of time and provide plenty of time for rest and relaxation throughout the day.
Consider their needs and make sure they are being met throughout the celebrations. It is important to remember that people diagnosed with dementia can still enjoy the holidays, even if it looks different than in years past. Spend meaningful time together by playing music, watching holiday movies, or simply talking. An aging person with dementia may not be able to engage in conversations and activities like they used to, but having someone present can make them feel connected, help create a sense of purpose, and prevent boredom or confusion. Furthermore, it is beneficial for family members to be patient and understanding,
In conclusion, holidays and dementia can go well togther with the proper preparation and understanding of dementia. Challenges can be minimized by following the tips mentioned above. Remember patience, care, and understanding go a long way when dealing with dementia not just during the holidays but yearround.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of Americans. It causes difficulty with receiving and processing information, problem-solving and memory loss. People with dementia may experience changes in their behavior, such as confusion, depression, anxiety, aggression or agitation.
**This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. If you or someone you know has dementialike symptoms, please contact a qualified healthcare provider for a diagnosis and treatment recommendations.**
Adrian Allotey, is living a purposeful life as a result of responding to a universal calling; service to elders and their loved ones. As an eldercare specialist, aging companion, and end-of-life doula, she has made it her life’s mission to promote the elder years as a sacred, beautiful, honorable stage of life. She brings quality of life, mental stimulation, engagement, and socialization to the aging and peace of mind to their adult children and caregivers. For More Information, check out www.yanaec.com.