By Tim Watt on December 12, 2011
Decorating for the holidays is a cherished tradition for many people, but those who care for people who have Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia should keep certain things in mind as they deck the halls this season, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The news source recommends that caregivers who providesenior care to loved ones who have Alzheimer’s should tone down their holiday decorations to better accommodate their loved ones. Blinking lights or large decorative displays can cause disorientation, and lighted candles can become a safety hazard. In addition, holiday decor should be free of decorations that the senior may confuse with edible treats, such as fake fruits in flower arrangements.
It may be difficult to forgo certain aspects of traditional holiday decor. The news outlet suggests that caregivers pick and choose which holiday activities are most important to them and focus on those traditions. The Alzheimer’s Association also recommends that caregivers take a moment to consider what type of holiday festivities will be the most meaningful, instead of being dragged down by trying to do “what you have always done.” This year may be the time to begin new traditions.