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(ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18, 2017)- While holiday celebrations are often joyous occasions, they can be challenging and stressful for the five million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s and their families. The symptoms of this progressive brain disease can sometimes make holiday celebrations or travel more difficult, but it doesn’t mean the whole family can’t participate in holiday festivities.
The Alzheimer’s Association Central North Florida Chapter encourages families to try implementing the following tips for a happy and memorable holiday for everyone.
Tips for holiday celebrations:
Make sure others know. Let guests know what to expect before they arrive and tell them how they can help. For example, what activities can they do with the person with Alzheimer’s or how best to communicate with them.
Build on traditions and memories. Take time to adapt, or create new traditions that might be less stressful or a better fit with your caregiving responsibilities. For example, if evening confusion and agitation are a problem, turn your holiday dinner into a holiday lunch.
Involve the person with Alzheimer’s. Depending on abilities and preferences, make sure to keep the person with Alzheimer’s involved in the celebrations, such as packing cookies in tins or helping wrap gifts.
Plan ahead. When attending a holiday party, prepare the host for special needs, such as a quiet room for the person to rest, away from noise and distractions.
Tips for travel:
Stick with the familiar. Travel to known destinations. Try to visit places that are familiar.
Be prepared. Create an itinerary that includes details. Make sure your loved one’s medications are easily accessible. Keep comfort items close by, in case he or she becomes anxious during travel.
Pick the right time. Consider the time of day that your loved one is at their best, and schedule your time of departure during those hours to prevent possible confusion and agitation.
Avoid layovers. If unavoidable, ask about airport escort services.
Ask for help. Notifying hotel and airline staff that the person you’re traveling with has Alzheimer’s disease and request necessary accommodation during your trip.
Ensure a Safe Return. Changes in environment can trigger wandering. Enroll in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®.
Find local support. Before you travel, reach out to the Alzheimer’s Association chapter at your destination.
Contact the 24/7 Helpline. As always, the Alzheimer’s Association is here to help, contact the Helpline with any questions or concerns. 1.800.272.3900
For more tips and information visit: https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-holidays.asp
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.