Surviving the Holidays with Alzheimer's: The 12 Days of Holiday Advice

December 10, 2014 2:00 PM

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The holidays can bring joy and excitement, but they can also contribute to added stress, especially for those with dementia and their caregivers. Whether you are preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or general end-of-year celebrations, the Banner Alzheimer's Institute has compiled our "12 Days of Holiday Advice" to help you make the best of the season for the person with dementia and for their family and friends. We have carefully selected 12 elements consistent with familiar holiday themes that are likely to help everyone not just "survive" this busy time of year, but create some memorable family moments in the process.

1. Make a list and check it twice - Families should work together to plan all of the necessary steps to avoid added stress for the person with dementia and/or primary caregiver. This will include planning specific holiday activities and celebrations - which ones to attend and which ones to pass on; ...

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