Judy is back with her second video tip that’s all about Christmas Traditions and Caregiving. This video is all about using your family traditions to make the holiday special for someone with dementia. Holidays can quickly become confusing and overwhelming for someone with dementia and they will need some grounding.
Christmas Traditions and Caregiving
Posted by Seniors Helping Seniors Southern NH & ME on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Judy’s Video Tip 2: Christmas Traditions and Caregiving
One thing that you can do is that you can slow things down. It’s easy to be rushing around as the holidays approach. It feels like there is so much to do and so little time to do it.
But if you want to make it an enjoyable experience for someone with dementia then you have to slow down. For example, take your time decorating the tree. Have soft music playing in the background and have only a few people do it at a time.
Use your favorite ornaments to reminsce about old times. Just because someone has dementia and trouble with the present, doesnt mean that they have forgotten old memories. If anything, they might be even clearer to them.
At the end, Judy showed of one her traditions—a family of carolers. There’s one for each family member. She highlighted the one that represents her grandaughter, Reagan.