Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease During the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]
With the warmth of the holidays also brings woes for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Caretakers and families of those with Alzheimer’s often feel bittersweet celebrating while their loved one become agitated or confused by the sudden change in pace. You can maintain the season’s joy with our helpful tips for coping with Alzheimer’s disease during the holidays.
What Causes Stress with AD?
Changes in environment and overstimulation lead to agitation for those coping with Alzheimer’s disease. This makes the holidays stressful for both the individual and those around them.
Learning the causes and signs of Alzheimer’s will help you respond in the right way. A caregiver, friend or family member to someone with Alzheimer’s disease should keep an eye on their loved one and watch for some of these symptoms:
- Social withdrawal
- Mood swings
If your loved one starts showing discomfort or stress, remove them to a designated quiet area so they can rest.
Know the Signs Early
Tips for Alzheimer’s Disease During the Holidays
Keep Your Traditions
Routine is good for those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. If you have any special holiday traditions, keep them alive! While you’re lighting the menorah or decorating the tree, talk about the significance of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
- Play familiar holiday music
- Serve traditional foods
- Discuss family members who may visit
The holidays can become a source of stress to a family member, caregiver, or friend to someone with Alzheimer’s disease because of the lack of everyday structure.
Here’s what you can do to maintain some of the structure for your loved one with AD:
- Celebrate earlier in the day
- Schedule naps and breaks
- Try to keep get-togethers calm and not too noisy
- Schedule family visits and holiday parties in advance
- Have a quiet place for your loved one to relax in or escape to
- Remind family and friends that your loved one may not remember their names
Help Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease
Being a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or being close to someone with dementia can be frustrating to deal with. There are a lot of resources out there that can help: