Being a family caregiver for an aging adult living with Alzheimer’s disease is challenging in many ways, but that does not mean you can’t enjoy quality time and fun activities together.
Gathering together with family members for family reunions or other special events is a great way to stimulate your parent’s mind, boost their mental and emotional health, and also give yourself a chance to relax and have fun. During this event, it is very important that you stay aware of your aging parent and their challenges, so that you can help them to enjoy the experience, stay safe, and reduce the chances of potentially serious negative behavior.
Use these tips to help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease enjoy -a family reunion or gathering:
Encourage each family member who attends to introduce or announce themselves, or announce them to your parent as they arrive. Mention them by name, as well as by their relation to your parents to help trigger memories and create connections. This is particularly important if your parent has not seen these family members in several years, or if they are new such as a young child or a person who has married into the family
-Schedule the gathering for a time when your parent will be well rested, not hungry, and calm. Pick a time when they are usually in their best mood.
-Have your parents home care provider attend the event. This will allow your parents care routine to remain as intact as possible and ensure they can get personalized attention while you focus on other elements of hosting the activity
-Keep their environment as familiar as possible. If you can, host the gathering in your parents home, or in your home if they are familiar with it.
-Make sure there is an area set aside for your parents so they can be alone in a quiet location if they become over-stimulated or upset.
-Encourage people to interact with your parent and to speak to them directly rather than talking around them, or through you.
-Have family pictures out and go through them with your parents, showing them pictures of the family members who are in attendance at the reunion.
-Be prepared to change your plans, relocate your parent, or even cut the event short if your parent becomes upset, anxious, or tired.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your senior’s quality of life, address their needs and challenges, and support your own well-being during your caregiver journey, home care may be the ideal solution.
An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on the customized schedule that is right for them and for you. Highly personalized services can fill care gaps, support greater activity, and independence, and encourage your aging parent to experience as much from life as possible as they age in place.
As a family caregiver, knowing your aging parent has access to home care can give you greater confidence that they will be able to live a higher quality of life, and stay safer and healthier, while still giving you the time you need to focus on other elements of your life, including caring for yourself. This reduces stress, improves your relationship with your parent, and ensures the best care and support at all times.