Gathering for the holidays, listening to the happy chatter, and enjoying the festive happenings is something we look forward to each year, but for someone that is living with a dementia it can be cause for confusion and anxiety.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that a person with dementia is biologically experiencing a profound loss of their ability to negotiate new information and stimulus. It is a direct result of the disease.
Holiday happenings that are joyful to many, may lead to anxiety and agitation for someone living with a memory impairment:
Here are some tips for you to help redirect a relative that is experiencing anxiety (and relieve their caregiver!) at your upcoming holiday gatherings:
I hope this brings some awareness to the struggles that individuals living with dementia and their caregivers face when they leave their familiar surroundings and normal routines. Remember them throughout the year and lend a hand when you can, it is the best present you can give them. 🎁
To learn more about redirection techniques visit these sites:
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