by Dr. M. Reza Bolouri
The holidays are a joyful and exciting time filled with family and friends; however, they can also lead to added stress. This is particularly true for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their loved ones. Here are four tips for managing the holidays with a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
1. Plan ahead. Keep in mind what could potentially trigger stress in your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease as you plan out your holiday celebrations. Consider things like time of day and location to ensure a good time is had by all.
2. Set realistic expectations. Identify what your loved one with Alzheimer’s is capable of at this point in time and set expectations accordingly for family and friends.
3. Keep things simple. More is not always better when dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s and their caregiver. Consider scaling back on holiday decorations, the number of planned activities, and the size of gatherings to reduce the likelihood of a stressful situation.
4. Ensure quiet time. Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease tend to tire very easily and the extra commotion and traveling can contribute to this fatigue. Think about shortening your family gatherings and consider carving out a quiet space for your loved one with Alzheimer’s in case they need to take a break.
Dr. M. Reza Bolouri is the founder of Alzheimer’s Memory Center, located at 7809 Sardis Road.