Christmas can be jarring for someone living with some form of dementia, but there are several things the Alzheimer’s Association recommends to make sure the holidays run as smoothly as possible.Keeping it simple is the overall goal. Caregivers of someone with memory loss to adjust their expectations. Christmas is a time of traditions, but caring for someone with Alzheimer’s takes extra time, which might mean needing to cut back on some festivities.Traditions may be cut down in size. Instead of throwing a big party, a small family party might do the trick. This will not only reduce the amount of planning needed, but might make it more comfortable to the family member with memory loss who can become overwhelmed by people and noises.Family members with memory loss can be involved in simple holiday chores, like wrapping presents or helping bake holiday recipes. Activities that can be done in the home will allow your loved one to be more comfortable.Bringing back traditions from the memory loss patient’s past, like a favorite Christmas song or an old movie, can make them feel more comfortable. If a loved one is in a care facility, the facility usually has holiday activities planned that family can join in on. Even just stopping by to read a Christmas card can help ease holiday loneliness.For more information about caring for a loved one with memory loss, visit www.alz.org. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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