Monday, April 3, 2023
Easter is just around the corner and it’s a great time to spend with family and friends. Celebrating Easter with a loved one who has dementia can present unique challenges, but there are still many ways to make the day special.
Here are 5 ways to make Easter feel extra special!
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1. Be sure to keep it simple
Seniors with dementia may become easily overwhelmed, so it's important to keep celebrations simple and low-key. Avoid loud music or large crowds and stick to familiar routines as much as possible. Make sure there is a quiet space where they can rest if needed.
2. Incorporate family traditions
Seniors with dementia may have trouble remembering recent events, but they may still remember family traditions from their childhood. Try incorporating Easter family traditions into the day, such as dying eggs, or attending an Easter church service.
3. Engage their senses
Seniors with dementia may respond well to activities that involve multiple senses, such as listening to music, smelling flowers, or tasting traditional Easter foods. Why not make a family Easter dish to help your loved one reminisce on happy childhood memories.
4. Practice patience and flexibility
Celebrating Easter with seniors with dementia may require patience and flexibility. It's important to be understanding and flexible with any changes in mood or behavior, and to adapt activities as needed.
5. Focus on connection
Above all, focus on connecting with your loved one and enjoying the time you have together. Even if celebrations are simpler than in past years, the opportunity to spend time together is a gift.
We hope you have a lovely Easter season celebrating with your elderly loved ones and friends. Comment below on how you celebrate Easter with your friends and family!
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