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Thanksgiving and Dementia - Tips for a Thankful time together

 

We understand how a family get together can seem more complicated and in some cases daunting, especially when your loved on has Alzheimer’s or a related Dementia.

Here are a few tips you could do to make your gathering an experience all will enjoy!

Reduce the number of people; reduce the confusion
Thank goodness it is a long weekend, knowing to many people at a time can easily overwhelm your loved one. One recommendation is to keep the guests at no more than 4-6 guests for the big event. For those that don’t make it to the big event, it is a good idea to have small groups of people visit at a time over the weekend for a lunch or brunch or just a tea. 

Have a conversation
Don’t spring the celebration on your loved one, however, if your loved one has anxiety over having people around tell them just before your guests are due to arrive.

Inclusion what a wonderful idea
By including them in the preparation of setting the table, certain food prep, and preparing the menu  will help them feel involved and normal.  My dad always did the sweeping of the walks for instance.

Past share memories; Present make memories
If your family is one that likes music, singing or photo sharing bring these to your dinner.  It is well documented that songs music and even dance are wonderful for those with Alzheimer’s or a related Dementia.  Make sure to take pictures of the enjoyment you are having now it is so easy with the phones or tablets of today and share those too.

From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 
 

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