ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – For families living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the holidays can be bittersweet and challenging. Cheryl Kenny is senior director of client services with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri. She says you can help caregivers who have always hosted the family gathering by offering to host it this year.
“Offer an outlet so that, maybe the caregiver’s concerned that the person with memory loss may become agitated or upset, so offer in advance a plan B, maybe a quiet room that the person with memory loss can go to,” she says.
And to help those with memory loss cope, she says consider having events earlier in the day when they are more rested and less likely to be overwhelmed or agitated. You can find more tips at the Alzheimer’s Association website.