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Holiday Hints: Alzheimer's Caregiver Tips

November 2016 | National Institutes on Aging part of the National Institutes on Health

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Explain to guests that the person with Alzheimer’s disease does not always remember what is expected and acceptable. Give examples of unusual behaviors that may take place such as incontinence, eating food with fingers, wandering, or hallucinations.

Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring.

The tips below can help you and the person with Alzheimer’s visit and reconnect with family, friends, and neighbors during holidays.

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