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Creating an Alzheimer's Friendly Holiday

Creating an Alzheimer's Friendly Holiday

KIMT News 3's Brooke McKivergan shows us what you can do to ensure everyone has a very merry Christmas

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Creating an Alzheimer's Friendly Holiday

But it can pose a variety of challenges for loved ones living with alzheimers.

The alzheimer's foundation of america is encouraging family members and caregivers to make some changes this holiday season to ensure (everyone has a merry christmas.

Kimt news 3's brooke mckivergan has the story.

Been working with residents at river bend assisted living and memory care for the past 3 years.

"i get to know the residents better so i schedule them around their best times."

She says even something as simple as how you decorate the house could make things easier on loved ones.

"we like to decorate our houses with christmas trees and lots of lights i think that's great i think it's important to also be aware of how it can affect them.

It might be too bright too stimulating for them so it could show some unwanted behaviors."

Make sure you keep loved ones involved "it just makes you feel part of the family like you always have been."

Build on past traditions "simplify them a little bit to minimize the stressors for them."

And be open with other family members about where your loved one is at in the progression of their disease.

"so we can communicate better with them."

Because at the end of the day, we're all hoping for the same thing for this holiday season.

"they're hoping for their family members to come see them, spend some time with them, just sitting down holding their hand just feeling loved and feeling the same holiday spirit we all hope to get this year."

Another thing to consider celebrate your holiday over lunch.

The earlier in the day á




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