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Enjoying the Holidays with Family & Someone with Alzheimer's or Dementia

As a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, planning for the holidays with all the busyness, hustle and bustle, preparation, guests and planning can be a difficult experience to navigate. The holidays are more than just a calendar date with visiting guests. For many, just as the song says, "it's the most wonderful time of the year." Your loved one may require special attention and care, and we, at Ella Springs Senior Living, want you to be able to experience the holidays as a joyous, stress-free time, and a moment to cherish for all those who are celebrating with you.

Here are some tips to make this holiday season great!

The key for both family members and friends and the loved one struggling with Alzheimer's, dementia or issues with memory loss, is planning ahead and communicating clearly with everyone. Setting expectations can help get everyone on board and work together to a make great holiday experience.

To family members and friends

1. Don't Over Schedule.

People who struggle with Alzheimer's or dementia don't particularly do well with loud noises, large crowds, exuberant decorations, sudden changes or dark places. Plan plenty of breaks and peaceful times for your loved one with dementia to spend with one or two people at a time.

2. Avoid Criticism, Frustration and Arguments.

As a caregiver, you may know what triggers your loved one to begin to close down and put away. Be sure to communicate with everyone clear signs and signals that to help others recognize signs and avoid triggers. This will help your love one remain peaceful, happy and positive. Some signs include becoming excessively loud and gregarious, or being quiet and withdrawing from everyone.

3. Prepare those attending your Holiday gatherings.

If you give people time to process circumstances, they tend to be able to not only deal with the reality of your loved one's disease, but partner with you in the process of making your times together happy and successful. So set the expectations with those that plan on coming and communicate the situation with them, along with things to look out for. If your loved one is struggling with memory loss, try having everyone wear something familiar to your loved one as well as a name tag to help ease the stress with forgetting everyone's names.


Ella Springs Senior Living Community is conveniently located in Houston near Spring TX. We are a new assisted living community catering to senior living and memory care for people with Alzheimer's or Dementia. Call us today to schedule a tour of our wonderful new community. 

Posted by Ella Springs Senior Living on 10/12/2016

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