The holidays are just around the corner and for many it is a time to partake in a variety of fun festivities. However, for a person living with dementia and for the family members who are caring for them, it may bring special challenges. Finding ways to enjoy time together means ensuring that the person with dementia feels included but does not become overwhelmed.
Try to keep gatherings small, with people who are familiar to the person with dementia. Plan to build in quiet time and have a room where the person with dementia can go to if they need a break from noise or commotion. Don’t feel that you have to maintain all the traditions in your family. Pick the ones that are most meaningful and let the others go for now. Finally, try to keep the routines of your person with dementia consistent and choose activities that match their abilities and provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.