As wonderful as it can be having family together for holidays, it can be overwhelming for a person who is living with dementia. Having just celebrated Thanksgiving, some of you may have experienced this with a loved one with dementia. With Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s right around the corner, this is a good time to review pointers so the event is enjoyable for everyone.
“This has been our most delightful visit with (my mother)
in years – not because she changed, but because we did.”
– Family member working with Steven Sabat, PhD
This touching quote sums up the benefit of being prepared. Luckily, successfully preparing for a holiday with a loved one living with dementia is easy. Here are 4 tips to help you make the holidays bright for you and a loved one living with dementia.
If you do not have a good source of general information about dementia, FIT Kits has created one in time for this holiday season. “You Can Help Someone Living Fully with Dementia: A Guide for Family & Friends” is chock full of valuable information. Developed by FIT’s co-founders, two gerontologists with 40+ years of dementia expertise, the 44-page guidebook contains a treasury of helpful information including more tips for family gatherings and two pages of useful dementia resources.
Having a loved one who is living with dementia can tap into our full range of emotions. We can feel sad, frustrated, patient, kind, angry, and overwhelmed all within one day! Dementia is a challenging condition. Understanding what is happening physiologically, which impacts upon their emotional state, will help prepare and empower you to connect more deeply with them – a wonderful experience for you both.
FIT Kits are engagement kits that help family and care partners improve the quality of life of people living with dementia. For more information please go to their website www.fitkits.org.
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