Keeping loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia happy, involved, and in touch with family and friends during Thanksgiving and the holidays is important and often difficult.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
I know many of you are worried. Keeping everyone happy without adding stress and tension can be a daunting task during Thanksgiving and the Holiday season.
This is the time of the year when you might have to take your loved one living with dementia on the road to a Thanksgiving, Christmas or Holiday dinner (or extended stay trip). Or maybe, you are having a large gathering at home.
You might be thinking, "Yikes".
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Chill out. You can do it.
My own words of wisdom -
Guide your loved one gently along the way.
Remember to go heavy on the positive reinforcement, smiles, hugs, touching, and especially the head hug.
Head hug? Arm around shoulders, two heads attached - touching. This is your number one tool of reassurance.
By the way, it won't hurt, and will help, if you get in the habit of using the "head hug" each and ever day.
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Source and Thank you: Brookdale (Senior Living Solutions)
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized writer, speaker, and influencer in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community worldwide.
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