4th of July and Dementia
June 6, 2017
Independence day is coming upon us and for most people, it means parties, fireworks, and fun but for someone with Dementia, it means confusion, loud booming, and bad memories.
Parties, in general, are hard for people who have Dementia because there are many faces some that the loved one hasn't seen in years and they probably don't remember. There is also that awkward introduction of 'do you remember so-and-so', along with that is 'do you remember the time when?' This can frustrate the loved one with Dementia because they can feel bad for not remembering someone or an event they should remember. Mix that with children running around yelling and loud booming from fireworks, it can really push someone over the edge and they can become combative. Name tags can be helpful at these events and also focus on how the loved one feels and not so much on trying to get them to remember something. Let them help inside with supervision to make a dessert they use to always make.