Considerations for the Holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful season of
enjoying time with family and friends, but it can
also be difficult for persons living with dementia
and their partners in care. When attending large
gatherings and planning busy schedules, it is
important to remember a few key tips. The
following suggestions are tips on how to enhance
the holiday season and events when with family
members living with dementia.

  • Take your time
  • Plan one activity at a time
  • Consider the noise level
  • Be considerate of the words “do you remember” – do not pressure a person to reminisce and remember specifics if the memories do not easily come
  • Share pictures
  • Allow for a quiet space for a family member with dementia to relax
  • Set priorities and a routine for the holidays in advance - decide what is most important for you and your family member with dementia and focus on those priorities
  • Include the person with dementia - include​ person with dementia in decision making and priority setting around the holiday plans and listen, really listen, to their preferences and hopes for the holidays
  • Have fun!


For more suggestions, visit the following links:


Considerations for Family Members of Persons
with Dementia


Considerations for Family Members of Persons
with Dementia (PDF)


Considerations for the Holidays for Professionals
Working with Persons with Dementia


Considerations for the Holidays for Professionals
Working with Persons with Dementia (PDF)