Holiday Essentials for Seniors with Dementia
— December 19th, 2018
Holiday Essentials for Seniors with Dementia
Are you worried about how to handle the holidays for your aging relative with dementia? Many caregivers across the country also wonder about the best way to include seniors with dementia in holiday celebrations, traditions, and events. Of course, you want your aging loved one to enjoy the festivities, but often overstimulation is not good for those with dementia.
When you create a dementia-friendly holiday plan and ask for help from other family members, friends, and senior care providers, you’ll be able to find the balance you need to make good decisions regarding elderly relatives with dementia.
Being a family caregiver for an aging relative with dementia is difficult enough on typical days. Adding in the overstimulation of the holidays often leaves seniors feeling confused, afraid, and frustrated. When family caregivers don’t understand much about dementia, they may insist that seniors participate in holiday activities, believing that they will be fun and enjoyable. Instead, elderly adults with dementia simply become agitated and upset.
You’ll need to consider the true needs of your aging relative with dementia when it comes to holiday events. Because dementia makes it more difficult to think clearly, communicate, recall memories and stick to timelines, routines are extremely important in keeping seniors calm and content. When you adjust your holiday expectations and assemble a support team of senior care providers and other family members, you can successfully integrate meaningful holiday traditions into your aging loved one’s life without much disruption.
Simple But Effective Holiday Activities for Seniors with Dementia
Holiday success with aging relatives means keeping things simple and incorporating them into the existing routine. Some of the traditions that you may be thinking of are simply too stimulating or difficult to do anymore. Instead, create some new traditions that are simple, repetitive and meaningful. Others can participate as well, such as friends, family members, and senior care providers.
Some of the holiday activities you can do with your elderly loved ones include making paper chains, baking cookies, writing holiday cards, singing holiday songs, wrapping presents and hosting a few family members or friends for holiday snacks. You should try a holiday activity during the time of day when your aging loved one is at their best, fully rested and fed. When seniors with dementia stick to their regular schedule and are accompanied by their senior care provider, they can do simple holiday activities and feel involved and included.
Above all, remember that the holidays should be important to you, as well. Despite your duties to take care of your aging relative with dementia, you need some respite to do the holiday traditions that you love. Call on another family member or a senior care provider to give yourself a break and participate in some holiday traditions of your own. Between getting some time to yourself and helping with some small holiday essentials for your loved one’s winter holiday, everyone will benefit.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring a Caregiver in Markham, please contact the caring staff at Geri Health Home Care today. Call us at 416-431-6266. Serving Greater Toronto Area, Markham, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan.
Anabelle Heramia is the founder of Geri Health Home Care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Lyceum Northwestern University in the Philippines. She started her Nursing career at a Pediatric facility in the Philippines then had the opportunity to worked in Singapore General Hospital in Singapore. She came to Canada and worked as live-in caregiver. Anabelle is very motivated person, driven by her passion of caring and her Nursing profession. She graduated the program Bridging to University Nursing at Centennial College and started working in Acute geriatric medicine at Sunnybrook Health Science Center. She also worked in Palliative Care at Providence healthcare for number of years. Her Nursing career at Sunnybrook is diverse and extensive experience, she worked in various units including step down ICU and Hemodialysis unit. Anabelle founded Geri health Home Care which is her way for her passion and dedication to care for the seniors, people with complex chronic medical problems, people who decided to live comfortably as palliative at home and most of all provide care and support for family caregivers who most of them spend so much time for their loved ones.