The holidays present a unique challenge for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The constant stream of activities and changes in routine can be upsetting. Here are a few tips to keep seniors with Alzheimer’s involved in the holiday fun without being overwhelmed.
- Keep it low-key. While the holidays are a time for celebration, remember that too much noise and distraction can disturb people with Alzheimer’s. If opening presents is too much for the senior to take, try opening a few gifts at a time instead of all at once.
- Keep it small. Parties with lots of people and rambunctious kids can create confusion for those with Alzheimer’s. Instead, host small get-togethers stretched out over several days.
- Stick to routines. Make sure to follow your loved one’s daily routine as much as possible, allowing celebrations to fit into the daily schedule.
- Create a soothing atmosphere. Playing classic holiday music can create a soothing yet festive environment for those with Alzheimer’s.
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Live Free Home Healthcare of Concord, New Hampshire understands the needs of the frail as well as the hectic schedules the holiday season often demands, and can help coordinate home care services to give a caregiver a needed break. Contact us today to learn more.