Post date: 12/13/2022

Holiday activities may confuse or over-stimulate a person with dementia. Family members may struggle to find a happy medium between celebrating and not upsetting their loved one.

The following tips can help you find a balance between peace on earth (and at home) and holiday merriment.

  • Make “Less is More” your mantra for the holidays. Allow yourself to say “no thank you” to some invitations.
  • Be flexible. If past holiday traditions are no longer practical, create some new ones.
  • Consider putting up fewer and simpler decorations.
  • Brief guests or visitors who may not have seen your loved one in a while about their condition. Suggest ways to communicate.
  • Celebrate with a smaller number of people.
  • Celebrate for a shorter amount of time. Wind things down if your loved one shows signs of fatigue or agitation.
  • Maintain your loved one’s daily routine as much as possible.
  • Recognize what you as a caregiver can realistically manage.

Marty Finley is a Memory Care Navigator for Sun Health.