How to make the holidays meaningful

As we prepare for the holidays, we at Commonwealth Senior Living are thinking about families, those who we serve and those who we have not met yet. We know that this time of year can be challenging in many ways. It can bring a unique kind of stress for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss. We want to create a special, meaningful holiday for every generation involved, and that can be difficult for those whose memories and cognition are fading.

Our memory care experts, Bernie Cavis and Paula Harder answer questions about celebrating the holidays and creating a safe and loving environment for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are a few quick tips:

  • Keep it simple- loud, busy parties may be overwhelming
  • Focus on scents, textures and flavors- a family cookie recipe, the sweater she wore every year, Christmas carols he or she liked to sing
  • Don’t ask your loved one if they remember certain things. This can be frustrating and saddening for someone struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Remember that the time you have with your loved one is special. Take it moment by moment.

Next, we’ll talk about how to involve grandkids with your loved one around the holidays. Questions? Ask our experts at