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Meaningful Holiday Activities for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, Ky., says, “While we look forward to the holiday season with a sense of excitement and anticipation, experience has also taught us that it can be a very busy and rather stressful time of year.

“This is especially true for the increasing number of families who are taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia. The physical and emotional challenges facing at-home caregivers are frequently made even more difficult this time of year because loved ones often find the abundance of lights, sounds, visitors and the general hustle and bustle of the season to be rather overwhelming. This can trigger increased anxiety, agitation and a variety of unpleasant behaviors in your loved one – through no fault of their, or your own.

“Experts at the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association agree that while...

Holiday Activities to Do with Your Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Amanda King, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe Jacksonville, says, “As much as we all enjoy the holiday season, it can bring challenges for both at-home caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Loved ones often find the abundance of lights, sounds, visitors and the general hustle and bustle of the season to be rather overwhelming. This frequently leads to increased levels of stress and anxiety for them, which can trigger challenging behaviors.

“While you as a caregiver might have to modify some of your normal holiday traditions to accommodate the changed circumstances, the holidays also provide many opportunities for social engagement that you and your loved one can enjoy while also bringing back pleasant memories of holidays past.”

Appropriate Holiday Activities Instill Calm and Bring Back Pleasant Memories

Both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo...

Creating a Happy Holiday for You and Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Kathy Wiederhold, Executive Director of Clarity Pointe Louisville in Louisville, Ky., says, “For most of us, the holidays are a time filled with the joy and spirit of the season. It is a special time of family, close friends and sharing the holiday cheer. It is also a time for expressions of faith and remembering the many blessings we enjoy.

“At the same time, the holidays are also a very busy time of year. In addition to our regular daily routines, there are shopping lists to fill, parties to attend, cookies to bake and long lines at the shopping malls to navigate. For all of its joy, the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the holiday season can be rather hectic and draining, even for the most energetic among us.

“However, the normal holiday stress that we feel often pales in comparison to what caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia experience at this time of year. For them it is a very challenging and...

Managing Your Loved One’s Memory Loss and Maintaining a Sense of Calm During the Holidays

The holiday season is a unique time of year highlighted by special occasions with family and friends, special sights and smells and a spirit of love and sharing. However, as we’ve all experienced, it can also be a rather hectic time of year with busy calendars, long lines at the stores, crowded streets and the added “hustle and bustle” that the holiday season is known for.

For at-home caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the additional activities and responsibilities that accompany the holidays can mean even less time for themselves, more pressure and greater levels of stress.

As experts at the Alzheimer’s Association tell us, “For families living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, the holidays can be challenging. Take a deep breath. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can still be...

Amanda King, Executive Director, featured on First Coast News

Clarity Pointe Jacksonville's own Amanda King, Executive Director, was featured on First Coast News on Thursday, November 19.

Reminiscence Therapy: A Proven Way to Reach Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Experts in the field of memory impairment recognize several forms of “holistic therapy” today as credible forms of treatment for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Various studies have demonstrated that social engagement activities that use music, art, pets and reminiscing about the happiest times in life can be highly beneficial. These unique therapies reduce loved ones’ stress and agitation and also promote a sense of calm and connectedness with the world around them.

Additionally, holistic therapies are now endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

The Science Behind Reminiscence Therapy

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