October 20 Dementia Chat Focuses on Holidays

October 13, 2014

The holidays are a busy time, often filled with activity and cheer. Sometimes, however, holidays can present new challenges for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Those who are caring for individuals with a form of dementia should make a point of participating in an online chat on “Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Gearing Up for the Holidays,” which will be held on October 20.

The live online chat, which begins at 5:00 p.m. EDT, is the latest in Home Instead Senior Care’s series of chats concentrating on the special caregiving needs associated with forms of dementia. David Troxel, an internationally known expert in Alzheimer’s disease and memory care, will be the leader of the chat.  He has co-authored five influential books (most notably, The Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care) relating to Alzheimer’s disease care as well as staff development and training.

For many with dementia, the holidays are an exciting time; however, along with the excitement can come challenges. For example, during holidays many homes welcome friends and family members who are not regular visitors. Often, a person with dementia may not recognize these people, even if they are individuals he or she has known for many years. This may cause stress due to the inability to remember their past association or may cause discomfort if the person with dementia considers these people to be strangers.

There may be many other challenges as well, ranging from distractions caused by a greater degree of activity in the home to unfamiliar smells or tastes coming from the kitchen if new dishes are being prepared.

During the October 20 chat, participants can:

  • Ask David Troxel their caregiving questions.
  • Learn techniques to help make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable for both themselves and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s.
  • Share tips and advice they’ve gathered over the years with other caregivers in situations similar to theirs.

Those interested in participating in the chat can learn more and sign up by clicking here.  Also on that page, visitors can find links to transcripts from previous online dementia chats on subjects such as “Techniques to Help Counter Difficult Behaviors” and “Overcoming Social Isolation.”

Please do not miss this valuable opportunity; this is an excellent time to start learning steps to take to make the holidays a more enjoyable experience.

Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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