Updated: Feb 11, 2022
Taking care of someone who suffers from dementia can be rewarding at times and exhausting at times and exhausting at other times. Is's a blessing to spend time with family during the holidays and very important to cherish every moment.
If you are preparing a family gathering and have a loved one who is suffering from dementia attending, here are a few tips:
Express to your loved ones the importance of being patient and understanding. Remember to go into there world.
2. Consider the gathering size.
Loud noise and large crowds can cause overstimulation. Overstimulation can cause the person to become agitated, or anxious.
3. Include foods and activities that your loved one enjoys now. Remember, likes and dislikes change as the dementia progresses. The activities should be presented in a way that your loved one can follow and enjoy.
4. Pay attention to any behaviors that may present itself during the gathering and the triggers. Be prepared to make adjustments.
5. Have a family support system in place. You cannot do it alone. Ask for help. Last, enjoy the holidays.
(Written by Tamaria Smith-Gillespie)