Halloween tips for caregivers of loved ones with Dementia and Alzheimer’s

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This Halloween caregivers and family members of those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s may be worried for the loved ones as Halloween can be a frightening holiday.

The national institute of aging suggests, don’t be afraid to remove decorations that confuse or frighten your parent.

Remind your loved one frequently that the decorations are not real and that people in costumes are just dressing up. 

To decrease stress you should play some familiar, soothing music and offer a favorite drink or snack as a distraction.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) advises family caregivers to avoid putting up interactive decorations that talk or scream when someone passes by.

AFA also suggests limiting exposure to flashing lights and sensor-activated decorations.

Asking them to talk about Halloween and share their memories can also be helpful.

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