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Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

The holidays are a joyous time to gather with friends and family to share wonderful treats, hot chocolate, and memories. While there is always bound to be plenty of laughter, it is important to keep in mind that holiday events can be a little more stressful when you are celebrating with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, you can ease the strain by keeping these tips from Las Vegas Home Care Assistance in mind as you plan your seasonal festivities.

Plan in Advance

Alzheimer’s patients often have specific times during the day when they are at their best. Try to plan family events around these times so that your loved one will be more likely to have a positive experience. Strive to maintain as many elements of their normal routine as possible. For example, you may plan for a holiday meal to occur at their regularly scheduled eating time. If your loved one has a part-time caregiver or 24-hour live-in care in Las Vegas, be sure to include the caregiver in activities that occur within his or her normal work hours.

Prepare Your Loved One

For those with memory loss, it can be confusing to be surrounded by faces they no longer recognize. Spend some time looking at pictures and talking about the different people they may see at a holiday gathering. If you are hosting the event, it may be helpful to arrange for varying arrival times so that your loved one is not overwhelmed by too many visitors at once.

Take Care of Yourself

The holidays can be hectic even in the best of circumstances. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by trying to play the caregiver role while also maintaining a cheery smile. Be sure to plan some respite time so that you can relax and reset. If you are the family caregiver, consider hiring a local Las Vegas hourly caregiver to temporarily relieve you of your duties. Whether you have another caregiver take over so that you can enjoy a day out, or you simply need an hour to relax in a bath,  a few minutes of alone time will help you refresh so you’re able to provide the best support to your loved one possible.

While the holiday season is a wonderful one, it can be stressful and confusing for a senior with Alzheimer’s. If you remember to prepare in advance and take a little time for yourself, both you and your loved one will get the most from this wonderful time of year. If you would like to learn more about our trusted caregivers with Alzheimer’s experience, call (702) 550-3185 today.