Loved One With Alzheimer’s? Make This July 4 ‘Dementia Friendly’

SUNDAY, July 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A holiday filled with loud noises can be upsetting for people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but it’s possible to create a Fourth of July celebration that works for everyone.

“Being proactive, prepared and adaptable are the best ways caregivers can create a dementia-friendly Fourth of July for their loved ones,” said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

In preparation for the nation’s 246th birthday, Reeder offered several dementia-friendly holiday ideas:

Skip the fireworks. Adapt this tradition by watching a fireworks display on TV.

Stay inside. Keep your loved one indoors at all times if they are likely to hear fireworks. But be prepared that the noise may make its way inside, causing anxiety, fear and agitation. Explain in advance what will be happening and tone down some of the noise with soothing background sounds from a white noise machine or air conditioner. Playing favorite music may be consoling, as may items that provide comfort, such as a blanket or article of clothing.

People are also reading…

Check in or get help. If your loved one lives with you, check in on him or her during the night because fireworks noise often doesn’t stop at bedtime. If they live alone, consider asking a trusted relative or friend to stay with them or hire a home caregiver for the night.

Go small. Keep any holiday gatherings small because large crowds can be disorienting and create anxiety. Name tags for everyone may help the person with dementia.

Stick to routine. Keep routines as normal as possible, including meals, naps and bedtime. Lunchtime celebrations are best for people with Alzheimer’s, because “sundowning” (when Alzheimer patients have trouble with fading daylight) can cause restlessness, agitation, irritability or confusion.

Have fun together. Do fun activities together, including creating patriotic decorations with your loved one, playing or singing familiar patriotic music, baking holiday-themed desserts, or compiling a family album with pictures of past July Fourth celebrations. These types of activities can be mentally stimulating and foster creative expression.

“Celebrating Independence Day can still be a fun, enjoyable experience for families impacted by dementia-related illnesses by making the proper adaptations,” Reeder said in a foundation news release.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has a toll-free helpline at 866-232-8484.

SOURCE: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, news release, June 29, 2022

Originally published on, part of the TownNews Content Exchange.

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Health News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.