Thanksgiving week is upon us! If you’re a family member in New Jersey who provides elder care of someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, these tips can help them become more involved in the family activities.
- 1. Make the guest list small. The more people talking may make the person feel agitated.
- 2. Give the person small tasks, such as folding napkins or stirring ingredients. Be sure to make sure their abilities match the task. Don’t criticize if it’s not perfect.
- 3. Reminisce about the old days, but try not to ask them if they remember a certain event. Instead, say, “we all had a great time when Grandma did such and such that year.” This will help encourage their own memories.
- 4. Look through old photos after dinner. This will spark their memories and encourage discussion.
- 5. Bring up topics or old memories that will make the person laugh. Laughter always makes people feel good!
- 6. Play music they love during meal preparation and throughout dinner. This will help stimulate memories and help them feel comfortable.
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