A dementia-friendly Christmas

Festive seasonal background with a variety of turquoise green Christmas baubles and ornaments

Christmas can be a challenging time for all of us. For people with dementia and the people who love and care for them, however, Christmas may include an additional layer of stressors and demands.

This post includes a range of resources on creating a dementia-friendly Christmas celebration.

ChristmasAAVWeb article: Including people with dementia this Christmas, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

As the festive season approaches, Maree McCabe CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is urging families, carers and friends of people with dementia to have a dementia-friendly festive season, where their loved ones with dementia are supported to be involved in the festivities.

Ms McCabe said: “People with dementia often feel more isolated and confused at this time of year because of the break in their usual routine. Remaining as closely aligned to the person’s routine as possible can have a positive impact on people with dementia. For instance, maintaining their usual meal routine.”…  More

ChristmasASXmasWeb article: Christmas tips and advice for people affected by dementia, Alzheimer’s Society

This year’s Christmas appeal has been inspired by Shelagh (pictured right), who shared her message about Christmas on Talking Point, Alzheimer’s Society’s online forum. After reading her thoughts we invited our supporters to share their tips, experiences and advice on how to make Christmas less stressful and more enjoyable for people affected by dementia… More

ChristmasUNSWWeb article: How best to celebrate Christmas with a person with dementia by Dr Lee-Fay Low, UNSW, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

Christmas can be a stressful time for hosts and guests alike, and it’s more so for carers of people living with dementia.

It’s difficult to give general advice about how to get through the holiday season with as little fuss as possible because everyone is unique, and the various types and stages of dementia affect behaviour in different ways… More

ChristmasAStipsWeb article: Top tips for Christmas, Alzheimer’s Society

A concise bullet-point list of how to best accommodate a guest with dementia. More

 

 

You may also like to view a previous post on this blog about Holidays and festivities with people with dementia which has more great information.

 

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