The holidays are often filled with sharing, laughter and togetherness. But they can also be filled with stress, disappointment and sadness. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may feel a particular sense of loss during the holidays because of the challenges he or she is experiencing. At the same time, caregivers may feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of maintaining traditions while caring for a friend or family member.
The holidays can be less stressful for everyone when activities are planned ahead of time. The Alzheimer’s Association® offers resources like the Holidays, Travel and Caregiver Stress information sheets to help caregivers and make celebrations more enjoyable for all.
During the holiday season, people often visit with friends and family they rarely see face-to-face, providing an opportunity to notice the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you observe any of these signs in a friend or family member, it’s important to see a doctor to determine the cause. Early detection allows people to plan for the future and live well for as long as possible.