Holiday Dementia - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/14/05

Holiday Dementia

Holiday gatherings can be joyful, but also draining if someone in your family is struggling with a memory disorder. Researchers at the University of Florida say try to keep the holiday surroundings as familiar as possible to clear the confusion and reduce the stress.

"So in explaining things to someone who has a memory problem, it's always best to use short sentences, simple phrases, simple words and to repeat. And to really talk in terms of what the bottom line is," says Leilani Doty UF Neurologist.

Dr. Doty says don't forget to care for the caregiver at holiday gatherings. That a time to rest and socialize is invaluable to the caregiver, and a good break from their duties will actually help them stay healthier longer to better care for someone with a progressive illness.

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