Christmas and New Year with Dementia

Overview

The festive season is something many of us look forward to, although it can be a stressful time, with excitement and expectations running high, special meals to be prepared, gifts to be bought and guests to entertain.  For people with dementia and their partners and families, there can be extra challenges – established routines disrupted, dealing with unfamiliar environments and possibly managing without the full range of support services.

This information sheet is aimed at partners, families and friends of people with dementia, whether they are caring at home, planning for a visit from a person with dementia, or caring for a person who now lives in a care home.

It includes some suggestions for preparing for visitors, going away over the holidays, reducing stress and keeping safe.

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