Memory Care America - December 2019

Memory Care Moments

DECEMBER 2019

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COPING WITH MEMORY LOSS DURING THE HOLIDAYS We’re Here to Help You I t’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but when you have a family member living with dementia, December can feel like anything but wonderful. At Memory Care America, we have experienced many of these emotions alongside families.

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Some families feel guilty about enjoying the holiday because their loved one isn’t home. Others struggle to cope with the loss of Mom’s Christmas Eve chili or Dad’s outrageous lawn decor. Young children may not understand why their grandparent doesn’t remember them or be confused by a change in usual plans. Faraway family members may be shocked to

A nd regardless of what happens , your celebrations will be just as special as holidays past .

or huge because this can be overwhelming for your loved one. Sometimes this means you may have to do away with the traditions you cherish. Any break in the routine

return home and see their loved one has changed dramatically. We do our best to keep your family informed, but it may not diminish the shock. As you know, it’s very hard to imagine your loved one as anyone else but themselves. Our goal is to do everything we can to make this season special for you and your family. It may not be easy, but we will meet your loved one where they are at. And regardless of what happens, your celebrations will be just as special as holidays past. Our communities do their best to make the holidays beautiful for our families. We keep the decor festive, and we host events that keep families and their loved ones together. We offer our common rooms for family gatherings, and staff members mingle at the party to give your loved one some sense of normalcy and safety. We work with families every holiday season to form new traditions that create lasting memories for everyone.

or surroundings for a person with dementia can be traumatizing. As a result, this can be a stressful season for primary caregivers as they manage incoming family, care, and plans. So, I wanted to share these three tips for caregivers to help you cope with the holiday season. Be Realistic There’s no such thing as a perfect holiday. (Read that again!) No matter how well you plan or how hard you try, there are bound to be mishaps. Every day with dementia is different, and you cannot predict how your loved one will react. Maybe they will have a great day and feel completely safe. Maybe they will need to lay down after just 30 minutes. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter what you accomplish or how you spend time with your loved one. All that matters is that you spend time together.

But we also recognize that this is a lot for families to manage. Your celebrations can’t be too involved

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