Holidays, celebrations and festive occasions can be stressful at the best of times. For people living with dementia, the changes in routine and extra sensory demands can be overwhelming. Finding time before the occasion to think through how to create a dementia-friendly environment and how family traditions can be adjusted to accommodate a person living with dementia mean that the entire family can enjoy coming together.
Dementia Australia – Tips for holiday cheer
A Better Visit App
A better visit’ is a free to download app for iPads featuring a range of two-player games designed to enhance communication and facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.
The App is designed to help families have a ‘Better Visit’ with their family member living in residential care. Often family members struggle to interact and engage with a family member who no longer recognises them. This application assists with engaging the family members and results in a ‘Better Visit’ for everyone.
Travelling and holidays with dementia
Although living with dementia may make holidays more complex, it doesn’t necessarily mean that these plans need to be put aside.
The Travelling and holidays with dementia booklet provides a summary of the key issues surrounding travelling and holidaying when living with dementia, and it provides a number of useful tips which will assist you to have an enjoyable holiday.
Family and friends matter
The family and friends matter booklet reinforces the importance of family, friendship and social connection for people living with dementia and provides strategies and ideas to help an individual engage and maintain their relationship with a family member or friend who has developed dementia.
Preparing for Christmas with dementia
When preparing for Christmas, make sure you set your limits early, stick to them and be clear about them with others. You do not have to live up to the expectations of friends or relatives.
Creative ideas for people with dementia during the festive period
Creative activities can have a positive impact on our physical and mental health and wellbeing. They can also help us regain a sense of self. People with dementia can also enjoy creative gift making and activities.
How to celebrate Christmas with a person with dementia
A case study of how one couple navigate the christmas season. Hopefully, their strategies will suggest things other families can do for a better Christmas.