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How to Celebrate the Holidays

The holidays are exciting, just bursting with festivities: Lights, colors, new furniture, visitors and parties. However, for the Alzheimer’s patient this time period might be overwhelming, even frightening. He or she might feel overly stimulated by all the activities, new decorations, rearranged furniture and visitors. Many Alzheimer’s patients tend to feel agitated and disoriented by shifts in routine. Because of the festive changes to the house, the landscape seems unfamiliar. Too much commotion is hard for anyone to deal with, especially difficult for the loved one with Alzheimer’s. Also, many caregivers try to be perfect, even God-like. They are taking care of the loved one and orchestrating a celebration at the same time. As a result, caregivers become stressed, even ill. Now, where does that leave the loved one with Alzheimer’s when the caregiver is nervous? Here are seven coping tools to make the holiday brighter for both caregiver and loved one.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com

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