The holiday season is upon us! If you are caring for a loved one living with dementia, the holiday season can be both wonderful and challenging. It is a great time of the year to engage with your loved one in favorite activities and memories from holidays past, but it can also be difficult to navigate these traditions in new ways that offer the proper support for them.
CaraVita’s Dementia Life program is an approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care that is focused on honoring the uniqueness of each individual we serve. Though dementia may steal a person’s memories, those living with dementia can still experience moments of connection and joy. At the end of the day, our lives are not measured by the number of things we have accomplished, but the relationships that we have formed along the way. In Dementia Life, we seek to create environments where those living with dementia can continue to connect to those around them and feel a sense of accomplishment each day. Whether it is making sure someone gets a hug before they get out of bed, or finding the right jazz song to dance to in the afternoon, we want each day in the lives of those we serve to be meaningful and full of engagement.
Often times the holiday season can bring to light a loved one’s variety of difficult behaviors. While the holidays are a joyous time that can be meaningful and enriching for all, it can also cause anxiety or confusion for someone living with Alzheimer’s. Interruption in routine, loud noises, and stimulation during family visits can be difficult on both loved ones with memory impairments and the family caregiver.
The aging of a parent can be a bittersweet time. In many cases, we now have children of our own. Children bring an immeasurable amount of joy to our lives and often gives our parents a rebirth of purpose. For many aging adults, having grandchildren, or even just witnessing the accomplishments of their children, catalyzes a revival of spirit that lights up the golden years.
Topics: Alzheimer's & Dementia
If you are providing home care to a loved one suffering from any stage of dementia related symptoms, you have a lot of trial and error in your future. But we're here to help. After hundreds of combined years experience providing in-home senior care, we have learned a thing or two. Whether your caregiving journey has just begun, or you are about to nod knowingly as you check these off your mental list of things to avoid in care, these are the ten biggest things you can avoid doing to make your communication and caregiving that much more effective.
Many times when you are caring for a loved one with dementia you often forget about engaging them in creative activities. As a caregiver you are often confronted with just making it through the day by providing assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, going to doctor appointments or fixing meals. But what if you could look beyond the challenges and focus your energy on creating Moments of Joy throughout the day.
Beth Cayce and CaraVita Home Care recently hosted a Dementia learning practicum for Georgia State Doctoral Physical Therapy Students. The PT students learned about Alzheimer's and Dementia Care firsthand in an event coordinated by GSU's Dr. Anne Lorio. The practicum included the use of Second Wind Dreams Virtual Dementia Tour and a lecture on basic Dementia communication practices.