As we move into the holiday season, families and friends come together for holiday events and gatherings to savor these wonderful moments. For seniors, aging can bring many changes to their personalities and behaviors, making their experience of the holidays far from enjoyable. These changes are often due to dementia, “an umbrella term used to describe over 100 different conditions that impair memory, behavior, and thinking.” Don’t worry, those who experience impaired memory can still enjoy the love and beauty of the holiday season, as long as they are treated with patience, compassion, and respect. Here are a couple of signs you shouldn’t ignore when visiting your loved one during this holiday season.
Drastic personality changes
In aging adults, drastic personality changes or severe mood swings should be taken seriously. Although changes in personality and mood can occur at any age, this could be an indicator of dementia in older adults. The parent-child are usually the ones who can spot these changes because they most-likely know how their parents act in certain situations. One way to combat this is to plan your celebration accordingly. Many Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, symptoms tend to worsen in the evening hours. Therefore, planning your celebration earlier in the day can help your loved one feel more comfortable.