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Holidays with a family member Battling Dementia.

December 15, 2023 in News

Navigating the Holidays with a Loved One Battling Dementia.

The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for families with a loved one battling dementia, it can also bring unique challenges and emotions. At Kirson & Fuller, we understand the importance of supporting families through these difficult times. In this blog post, we’ll explore useful tips and considerations to help you and your loved one with dementia navigate the holiday season.

Activities and Helpful Ideas:

Dementia can be disorienting, and changes in surroundings may lead to increased confusion. Consider celebrating the holidays in a familiar environment such as your home, or any other familiar surroundings to provide comfort and reduce stress for your loved one. Opting for simple and easy activities that align with your loved one’s capabilities is another way to keep them included with festivities. Simple crafts, listening to their favorite music, or looking through photo albums can be enjoyable and promote a sense of connection with your loved one.

Communicating and Planning:

Communication is key in maintaining a safe and pleasant environment for your loved one. Inform friends and family about your loved one’s condition ahead of time. Share helpful tips on communication and interaction, fostering a supportive and understanding atmosphere during gatherings. Planning ahead of time and working around your loved one’s condition can reduce the stress around managing their condition during the holidays.

The holiday season can be extremely hectic, and plans may change constantly at any given moment. Plans may need to be adjusted based on your loved one’s well-being, among many other things. Remember to be flexible and open to changes, keeping in mind that the goal is to create a positive and comfortable holiday experience for everyone involved.

Self-Care and Enjoying the Holidays:

Caring for a loved one with dementia is a paramount priority for many, yet it can be emotionally and physically taxing. Please remember to prioritize self-care so as to not become overwhelmed with responsibility. Also keep in mind it is okay to seek assistance from friends, family, or professional caregivers when needed.

Covering Legal Bases:

Although personal affairs such as family get-togethers and holiday trips can be organized by yourself and family, securing your loved one’s legal affairs is essential to guaranteeing all of their bases are covered, so that you may enjoy your holidays stress free. If your loved one with dementia has not designated a power of attorney or they have not established a living will, now may be the time to consult with our experienced elder law attorneys. We can guide you through the steps needed to protect your loved one’s interests.

The holiday season is a meaningful time for families, even when faced with the challenges of dementia. At the Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller, we’re here to offer legal guidance and support to ensure your loved one’s well-being and to protect their legal interests. If you have specific legal concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced elder law attorneys at 407-422-3017, or at We wish you and your family a warm and memorable holiday season.


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