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Holiday Activity Ideas for Dementia Care Patients


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By Shawn Turcotte
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Do everything you can to ensure your senior enjoy the festivities

As the holiday season fast approaches, many families are prepping for loads of fun, family, and friends. For those families who have a loved one struggling with dementia, it can be a time of additional challenges. You want to do everything to ensure your senior can enjoy the festivities. Dementia steals your aged parents of their memories, decision-making skills, and ability to communicate well. This may hamper interactions during meals and get-togethers, but it doesn’t mean they should be left out. Instead, you can engage them with a little bit of preparation and adjustment.

Embrace all that the holidays mean for you and your family by modifying some traditional activities. You can avoid feeling stressed and overwhelmed by getting memory care services provided by a trained caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care in West Edmonton. Our passionate personal support workers (PSW) can step in and assist with caring for your senior. They offer much support for you and your loved one with personal care, meals and nutrition, and light household duties.

4 Holiday Activity Ideas to Engage Your Loved One

You can make great memories if you re-evaluate holiday activities to keep your senior mentally engaged. Here are some easy ways to do this:

  1. Put on the holiday music. Think about the oldies that your mom and dad would have listened to and play them. Many holiday tunes can be closely linked to memories and emotions which can quickly warm your dad’s heart.
  2. Make some festive crafts together. Using creativity can be therapeutic for those with dementia. Find activities that will engage your senior, such as decorating ornaments, creating wreaths, or making holiday cards.
  3. Watch familiar classic holiday movies. If you have family coming over, things can get pretty busy and overwhelming for your dementia patient. Find a room in your home and put a special classic movie just for your senior. It will be a place of respite for them.
  4. Bake some treats. If Mom always loved baking cookies and pies, bring her back into the kitchen and assign her some easy tasks like decorating. You can even have the grandkids join her. Think of the memories you will have made.

Create Long-Lasting Memories with the Help of a Caregiver from Home Instead

Keep the joy in the holidays by making some adjustments to engage your loved one. A dementia helper from Home Instead Senior Care can provide the support you need during this hectic and fun time of year. We offer many services, including respite and memory care for you and your family. Additionally, we have many other resources to assist your mom and dad in staying at home for as long as possible

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to request an in-home consultation. Don’t let Alzheimer’s or dementia caregiving duties affect your quality of life or your loved one’s comfort. Our personal support workers and staff are here to provide compassionate, quality senior care in your Edmonton home.

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