Enjoy Great Holiday Conversation With These Tips

When your loved one has dementia, it can make even joyful and exciting parts of the year a little nerve-wracking. After all, you want to make sure that your loved one feels as comfortable and welcomed as possible. Here are some tips for navigating holiday conversations when your loved one has dementia. 

Plan Ahead for the Holidays

Aside from planning ahead for what activities you’ll be doing, you can also plan ahead a little bit for conversation. Are there any topics that everyone should avoid? Do you know of any specific things that your loved one likes to talk about that would make for an enjoyable conversation? You should also consider using name tags if you are planning a large gathering, especially if there are grandchildren who might have grown up a great deal since the last time your loved one saw them.

Focus on Validation, Not Challenging

For some people, it is frustrating to interact with people who have dementia because they constantly want to correct the facts. If you feel yourself identifying with that, it’s important to know that you are not alone. However, in order to benefit your loved one as much as possible, it’s a better idea to validate them. Connection is more important than getting every detail correct. Focus on keeping conversations light and pleasant, and avoid getting stuck on details. If you have family members who have never interacted with someone who has dementia before, it’s also good to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of conversing with someone who has dementia.

Connect Over Photographs

Looking at photographs together is a great way to bond as a family, and it’s also an excellent holiday activity too. Photos are a great conversation starter, and they are also a good way to help remind your loved one of specific places and times. When looking at pictures together, it’s a good idea to ask specific questions like when it was or who is in the picture. If your loved one does not remember, do not push or get upset.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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