For most of us, the holidays are a time for family and friends, good spirits and good food. However, for those living with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, the holiday season also brings special concerns and challenges.
How will mom react to the bright lights and decorations? Can we still have company or will dad become agitated and stressed? Will visitors be uncomfortable if mom no longer recognizes them? Will we have to change our holiday traditions?
“We all look forward to the holiday season, a time for friends, family, special gatherings, good food and good cheer,” says Steve Carney,Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at ImpressionsMemory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The busy holiday season can be a hectic time for anyone. However, for families with a loved one with memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the holidays can bring an extra measure of stress and anxiety.
Memory loss experts say the best way to cope with the approaching holiday season is to anticipate the challenges and plan for them well in advance. By preparing early, you will be in the best position to keep things calm and manageable while still being able to enjoy the most important holiday festivities with your loved one with memory loss.
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can make families and friends uncertain of how to celebrate the holidays with their loved one. They might get caught up worrying about how to balance the holidays around their loved one’s routine or if the holiday excitement will induce any anxiety or discomfort. Just like any holiday gathering, it requires planning ahead and a positive attitude.
Sharon Major, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, at Impressions Memory Careat Bryn Mawr in Bryn Mawr, Pa., says, “For most of us, the holiday season is a very special time of year. We focus on the importance of our families and friends while recalling the many blessings we enjoy. It is also a unique time of sharing, faith and festive social occasions filled with the spirit and joy of the season.