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Halloween is becoming more popular than ever!

 

Many of us celebrate the day for many weeks prior putting up decorations, getting into costumes - some scary some not. We may understand that the decorations that laugh eerily and the scary costumes are all in fun; however, it's also good to remember those in the family who may not understand. The fireworks and fire crackers are loud and very unnerving, sometimes even indistinguishable from a gunshot. These loud noises are certain to frighten most people with Alzheimer's disease. In fact, these noises have been known to effect war veterans with later stage Alzheimer's. They become agitated, being drawn back to the memories of their time in service.


Those who often have difficulty recognizing their family members without costumes, might be extra frightened of elaborately costumed people. Some people will also become agitated or upset at seeing the change in the scenery around them. 


This is not to say that all people with Alzheimer's disease will not be able to handle Halloween. For some with the disease they might not understand it and not be bothered with it, while others might enjoy it. 


We all know that the progression of the disease from year to year, and in some cases day to day, will evoke different reactions so a few things to keep in mind:


1) Keep decorations to a minimum at home
2) If you are out in public you may find yourself amongst decorations or costumes be
      cognizant of your surroundings and your loved one’s reactions
3) The TV is apt to show Halloween type commercials some tame some not
4) Anyone one in a care home be ready to ask staff to remove items that might scare or agitate

 

Let’s all have a wonderful Halloween
Cyn

 

 
 

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