San Angelo Standard Times (November 26, 2011): Alzheimer Families and the Holidays: Tips to Enjoy the Season

Publication Date: 
Sat, 11/26/2011

The holidays are a time when family and friends come together and share memories, laughs and good cheer. But for families living with Alzheimer's, the holidays can also be a difficult time.

Caregiving responsibilities layered on top of keeping up with holiday traditions can take its toll on Alzheimer famliies, especially the caregiver. The person with Alzheimer's may also feel a sense of loss during the holidays.

With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can be filled with joy and magical moments to cherish forever.

Adjust your expectations.

No one, including yourself, should expect you to maintain every holiday tradition or event.

Give yourself permission to do only what you can reasonably manage.

Choose activities that are most important to you.

Host a small family dinner instead of throwing a big holiday party.

Consider serving a catered or takeout holiday meal. Many grocery stores and restaurants offer meals to go.

Start a new tradition. Have a potluck dinner where family or friends each bring a dish.

Involve the person in the festivities.