Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

If someone you love has an age-related illness, the holidays can be extra stressful.

Although the holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, they can be quite stressful if you're dealing with aging parents. If your loved one has Alzheimer's disease simple tasks can become more difficult and hard to manage. Recently, Rebecca Axline, a clinical social worker at the Houston Methodist Hospital's Nantz National Alzheimer Center, offered some advice to make the holiday season happier and healthier. 

  • Be aware of safety hazards: Before inviting guests over your house, be sure that there aren't any safety hazards for both small children and aging parents. For instance, lighted candles can pose a threat. Also, you may not realize that some of your holiday decorations, such as blinking lights, can stimulate disorientation in Alzheimer's patients.
  • Don't forget to administer medicine: Even though the holiday's are a busy time of year, if you're in charge of giving your family member medicine, don't forget. Consistently follow doctors orders to ensure that the holidays run smoothly.
  • Get your family members involved: "Keep your family member as involved as possible," Axline states. "For example, open cards together, discuss gift selections or give them simple baking tasks. Try to focus on the moment rather than results." If your family member is healthy enough to participate in holiday activities, allowing them to help out can help keep their mind sharp.

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