Senior Wellness: Tips for holiday gatherings for people with dementia

Julie Alicki from the Area Agency on Aging in Western Michigan joined WZZM to discuss caring for people with dementia.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - For family members caring for someone with dementia, the holidays can become an incredibly stressful time.

Often caregivers feel pulled in many different directions and also have the difficult task of identifying what their loved one can and can’t handle during the busy holiday season.

Julie Alicki, LMSW, Certified Advanced Dementia Practitioner and Alzheimer’s Support Group Leader at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan joined the WZZM 13 News at Noon with six tips to help make the holidays more enjoyable for a person with dementia and their caregiver:

  1. Practice patience and understanding
  2. Provide alternatives
  3. Offer respite
  4. Create name tags
  5. Designate a quiet place
  6. Be prepared for an early departure

By making the changes above to your holiday plans you may be able to provide some relief and more enjoyment to your family member or friend with dementia and their caregiver.

Full description of each tip is listed at

Resources for caregivers also available at

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