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How You Can Enjoy the Holidays with Loved Ones Who Have Alzheimer’s

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For people who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia, the holidays can be stressful. And that’s just thinking bout them.

Since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, here are tips on how to manage your expectations and enjoy the holiday season so that you can also look forward to these times.

For starters, keep in mind you can make great new memories in this holiday season. 

Things may not be like they used to be but that’s okay. Try these tips and sensible pieces of advice to help you navigate the holiday season with loves ones who have Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Planning is the Key

Before the holidays, start your planning by contacting family members to talk about spending the holiday season with loved ones. While this year may be different than in years past, think of it as just a natural step in life. Not every year will be the same. For starters, you may need to move holiday events to a place that works best for your loved one.

In some cases, you may need to celebrate at your loved one’s assisted living facility. Think of it as simply putting your loved one’s needs above what you want or need. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that you may need to celebrate in small groups if that’s what’s best for your loved one. They may need breaks, alone time, or short visits.

A Priority Will Be Flexibility

The holidays with an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer’s or related dementia will require flexibility. Changing plans or switching things up may be the new normal as they may struggle with confusion or experience other emotions.

Don’t blame yourself if things turn out differently or there’s hard things you have to deal with. Remember, you’re in the Alzheimer’s or related dementia journey together with your loved one.

You may start “new” traditions. These include singing, watching a movie, or just enjoying the decorations. But stay positive. Remember that however things turn out, you can make the best of it. 

Stay focused on making an enjoyable, memorable holiday season for you, your family, and your loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

A CARING-FIRST ENVIRONMENT

Senior living communities like Bellaire at Stone Port are precisely that—a community. Residents become friends and even family, and a caring team is there to help them maintain their quality of life. 

At Bellaire at Stone Port, we offer both Assisted Living and Memory Care and we care with Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Residents first and Teamwork. We like to call it Caring with H.E.A.R.T.™!

If you believe a senior living community would benefit your loved one, get in touch with us. Schedule a visit or download a brochure today!

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