How to include loved ones in holiday festivities

By Valerie
December 10, 2010


The joy that accompanies the holidays can often feel absent from the halls of a residential care facility or in a widowed grandparent’s home.

Our aging loved ones can often feel more lonely or isolated as a result of changes in their senses, memory loss, illness or a loss of mobility.

Visiting around the holiday season is a guaranteed way to lift spirits and bring additional happiness in the lives of loved ones. It can also be stressful.

You might be wondering how to include an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s or your frail parent with mobility challenges in the festivities.

Creating positive experiences and memories are key and the more you know about the physical and mental condition of your aging loved one, the more comfortable you’ll likely feel. The more you can prepare friends, extended family and children, the better.

The majority of seasonal highlights are centered on visiting and enjoying company. Keep the following communication tips in mind when spending time with your aging loved ones.

Wendy Johnstone is a gerontologist and is the founder of Keystone Eldercare Planning. Her column runs in the Comox Valley Record every second Friday.

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