It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for some. But for those living with dementia, the festive season can be something of a lonely time, leaving them feeling left out and isolated. The nature of their illness, coupled with people’s lack of understanding, can leave these people feeling stressed and unable to join in with the fun and laughter.
In England, an estimated 21 million of us have someone close to us who is living with dementia. If you’re spending Christmas with someone affected by this condition, here are some top tips for making them feel welcome, involved and safe in your home:
If you’re worried about how your loved one with dementia will be perceived by others, you’re not alone. An estimated 45 per cent of people are concerned about how other guests will react to the unusual behaviour of their loved one with dementia, and 63 per cent of people living with dementia have said they receive fewer social invitations since receiving a diagnosis. Don’t shut them out, as this is the worst thing you could do.
Try some of our tips for getting everyone involved and making things manageable for your loved one living with dementia. Christmas is a time for family and togetherness, so make the small adjustments necessary to accommodate everyone adequately, and enjoy this special time of the year.
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