Try these things with your elder.
- Creating photo albums
- Writing and addressing greeting cards
- Listening to holiday music
- Watching a favorite holiday movie
- Reading holiday or religious stories
Most of all take your time. Enjoy small victories. This year I will be going through many of these same things with my grandmother. I look forward to hearing how you will be dealing with it this year.
Often Dementia and Alzheimer’ sufferers become fearful, agitated, and even confused when surrounded by a large number of people. Even when all in a group are family the Alzheimer’s sufferer can still become confused since it’s difficult to remember everyone. Sometimes they may say or do things that are inappropriate if they feel stressed. They may embarrass you and feel humiliated themselves.
Keep your expectations low and plan simple, easy activities to share with the Dementia and Alzheimer’s patient.
It is important to be realistic about what is manageable both for the person with dementia and you as the care-giver.
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