Alzheimer’s and dementia during the holidays
The holidays are about spending time with your loved ones. This becomes increasingly more difficult, as your loved one’s disease progresses. However, it does not mean that they cannot participate in holiday festivities. This season is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with the individual you care for. From wrapping gifts to decorating your home, there are many ways to connect with your loved one.
The holiday season is a time of nostalgia… many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients may feel lonely or even depressed during this time. One way of alleviating the loneliness is to incorporate traditions from their past. Every December, I would spend the time to bake special cookies with my mom, as her mother once did with her. I noticed that this simple act of baking made her feel comforted and loved. No matter the activity, spending quality time with your loved one is the most important thing you can do for them during the holidays.
Shopping for presents for loved ones during the holidays is always stressful. And shopping for those you love with Alzheimer’s or dementia often seems impossible. For years, I worried about gift selection for my mother. Oftentimes, I wouldn’t purchase an item for my mother thinking maybe she will not know. After all the disease makes her forgetful. Other years I would revert to practical purchases, like more pull-on outfits. Perhaps I was not creative in my thought process until I rediscovered the ease and enjoyment of a puzzle.
Puzzle with Me is the perfect gift year-round. It has allowed me to spend quality time with my mother, to laugh again and really connect. As a caregiver, this is a great tool and solution for those you care for.