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Talking to a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease About the Upcoming Holiday Season

By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | December 07, 2017

Elderly Care in Springfield VA: Alzheimer's, The Holiday's And Your Senior

As the holidays grow closer, you are likely filled with joy and excitement, looking forward to all of the fun and meaningful activities that you will get to enjoy with your family and friends. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, however, you might be concerned about how to handle this season with your senior. They might not remember the holidays or what they mean, or know how to be involved. Finding ways to support their involvement is a wonderful way to connect with your senior and ensure that they remain an important part of your life and your family even while progressing through this disease.


Use these tips to talk to a senior with Alzheimer’s disease about the upcoming holidays:

-Remind them of favorite activities that you used to enjoy together leading up to the holidays. Do these activities as much as you can to trigger memories and make new ones you can treasure into the future.

-Show pictures or other mementos from previous holidays to help them remember who you used to spend the holidays with or activities that you did. These can help them to remember what they did as well as friends and family they may not remember as clearly.

-Give them specific tasks or activities to do so that they can feel like they are an important, relevant part of the holidays.

-Remind them of the meaning behind the holiday, but do not get too upset or frustrated if they are not able to connect with it. Get them as involved as they can be and treasure the memories that you are able to make.

-Tell them who will be coming to visit and who they are to your parent. Help them to know what they can expect from your celebrations so that they feel more confident and in control.

-Reassure them of how they will be able to maintain their usual care and routine, such as the timing of activities or that they will still have their senior care provider with them to help with their needs.


How can elderly care help?

Starting elderly care for your aging loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your elderly parent during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have access to the care, assistance, support, and companionship that they need to handle their individual challenges and limitations, and to pursue an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.

These highly personalized services can include everything from access to safe and reliable transportation to assistance with personal care needs and fulfillment of activities of daily living, to physical support and assistance with mobility needs, and companionship to boost mental and emotional health and well-being. As their care provider, this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that both when you are able to be with your parent and when you are not, they will have everything that they need to live the highest quality of life possible as they age in place.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring elderly care in Springfield, VA, please contact the caring staff at BrightHope Home Care and Senior Care today.
Call us at 703-595-2878  ~ We serve all of Northern VA.


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