Celebrating Thanksgiving When Your Mom Has Dementia

Posted by admin on November 20th, 2019 in Acworth Ga, Dunwoody, GA, Grayson Ga., Holidays | No Comments


Dementia Does Not Have To Mean The End To Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving is a holiday focused around family, friends, and giving thanks while sharing a meal together. However, when your Mother, or any member of the family, is dealing with dementia, celebrating Thanksgiving may seem like a monumental task. The hustle and bustle that usually surrounds a holiday like Thanksgiving can be overwhelming for anyone living with dementia or Alzheimers.

It doesn’t have to be that way. With careful planning, Thanksgiving can be enjoyable for the whole family, while also honoring Mom’s new assisted living lifestyle and her favorite traditions. Take these steps to seamlessly celebrate Thanksgiving when your Mom has Dementia:

Prepare your family:
It’s very important to let everyone invited know what to expect when spending a holiday with someone with Dementia or receiving memory care in assisted living. Explain their diagnoses and any limitations it may have created. Educate them on the best ways to communicate with your loved one and how to make them feel included.

Ask for help:
Your family will be more than happy to pitch in to take the ease off of your loved one with dementia. Ask family members to do some of the shopping or bring a dish. Many families do potlucks for Thanksgiving, giving everyone the opportunity to bring a dish and take stress off the host.

Schedule an early dinner:
People with dementia usually suffer from “Sundown Syndrome,” making them particularly sensitive during evening hours. It’s best to schedule any activities early in the day to avoid putting extra strain on your loved one. Ensure Mom has somewhere to take a moment to herself during the gathering as well, in case she becomes overwhelmed.

Take Dinner to Mom:
If your loved one with Dementia is staying in assisted living or receiving memory care, consider bringing some of your Thanksgiving cheer to them, rather than disrupting their routine by transporting them to your gathering.

Encourage reminiscing:
Reminiscing, or sharing memories from the past, is an enjoyable way to connect with someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. With dementia, people typically lose short-term memory, but are often still able to recall older memories.

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