Baltimore Tips for Planning Around the Holidays With Dementia
Give support to caregivers around the nationThe holidays are upon us, and that means great food, family and friends. Not to mention some much-needed rest and relaxation from the everyday grind. But for families living with the disease and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. All it takes is some planning and the proper expectations, and the holidays can still be memorable, even unforgettable occasions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are several ways to make everything flow smoothly.
- Call a meeting to discuss upcoming plans. The stress of caregiving responsibilities layered with holiday traditions can take a toll. Invite family and friends to a face-to-face meeting, or if geography is an obstacle, set up a telephone conference call. Make sure everyone understands your caregiving situation and has realistic expectations about what you can do. Be honest about needs and limitations.
- Be good to yourself. Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage. If you’ve always invited 15 to 20 people for your gathering, consider scaling down to just a few guests. Let others contribute. Have a potluck dinner, or ask a friend or family member to host.
- Do a variation on a theme. If evening confusion and agitation are a problem, consider changing a holiday dinner into a holiday lunch or brunch. If you do keep the celebration at night, keep the room well-lit and try to avoid any known triggers.
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