‘Tis the holiday season and family gatherings are a plenty. If you have a loved one living with dementia, these family gatherings can become overwhelming without the right planning and preparation.
Loud noises from laughter, conversation, television shows and music in the background paired with lots of food and drinks can quickly become chaotic to someone living with dementia. However, there are things you and your loved ones can do to make the experience pleasant for everyone.
It’s important that the time you do spend with someone living with dementia is pre-planned. Create a time to spend with this person that is quiet, calming, restful and non-stressful. Consider a segmented time during your gathering that is just for your closest family members and the family member living with dementia. Maybe you host a pre-party visit that is communicated prior to the larger gathering.