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Celebrating the Holidays with Alzheimer’s

The holidays are particularly special for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. It reminds all of us to count our present blessings as we gently let go of the past. We focus on what we can still do as opposed to what we cannot do. Holidays are chock full of memories, deeply rooted memories which are awakened with music from a bygone era, old movies and beautiful decorations which are saved from year to year. Rituals provide comfort, continuity and structure. Take photos of the special moments to immortalize them.

To enjoy the holidays here are some strategies to minimize hidden stressors:

For more information on caregiving read my book, Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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