Imagine your house full of people you love, endearing conversations being had between family members, loved ones yelling at the T.V. because their favorite football team is on, and children chasing each other from room to room developing life-long friendships with their cousins. Sounds amazing, right?
Now imagine you are a Senior; hard of hearing, maybe with a Dementia diagnosis, trying to remember who these people are, attempting to remember “Why am I here again?”, “What are we celebrating?”. A family member asks you a question, and a well-meaning daughter or spouse answers for you, robbing you of the opportunity for a social connection. The loud noises, numerous people, and bustling activities can be very overwhelming! The sentiment for this holiday can be much different than what was first described.
Holidays are joyous occasions but can also be overwhelming for someone with Dementia or even someone who is hard of hearing. Here are some suggestions to help create a welcoming atmosphere:
We often see loved ones do everything for their Senior, thinking they are doing best for them, but at times we are handicapping them. Taking away what they still can do for themselves, and creating dependency. Seniors, even those with Dementia, can still contribute to daily activities, but just with some modified adjustments.
About the Author:
M.S. CCC-SLP, Geriatric Speech Language Pathologist, Administrator of Perfect Solutions for Seniors Homecare
Perfect Solutions for Seniors is a Private Duty Senior Home Care provider for seniors and individuals in need of assistance with daily living activities due to illness, injury or aging needs. Services are provided in-home as well as at hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.
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Elli is the President of Sunways and loves spending time outside with her family, and is passionate about cooking and holistic health.