Top 10 Tips for Dementia Caregiving During the Holidays

Posted by Ciara Moosman on Dec 21, 2014

In Alzheimer's & Dementia, Main

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Do you struggle finding a balance between caring for your loved ones, keeping your traditions alive, learning to start new ones, and staying in that holiday spirit? Here are a few tips from a favorite article of ours.

1. Give Yourself Permission to Say No

You are not obligated to attend every social gathering of the season and you are not obligated to host parties in your home. Remember that each commitment you agree to means that you are also saying no to something else. For instance, time to relax, time to prepare, and time to spend with loved ones.

2. Avoid Crowded and Noisy Places

Loud or startline noises can further confuse or frustrate someone living with dementia. Instead, prioritize smaller and more low-key events that won't add to confusion or stress.

3. Manage Sugar Intake

Be cautious of over-indulgence in sugary foods which can lead to behavioral issues. Also, avoid alcohol which can lead to depression and increase the risk of falls.

4. Prepare Out of Town Guests

The holidays are a great time to get families together but can be challenging for caregivers and guests alike. Let visiting family and guests know that their loved one may not remember them and explain any known behavioral issues to make yourself and guests feel more comfortable should something arise.

5. Maintain Routines

This can be challenging during the holidays when parties go late, but try to keep your loved one on a similar routine so that holiday preparations do not become disruptive.

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