Celebrations with dementia

New Zealand Christmas

Holidays are about family and friends and taking the time for others, so here are some tips to make festive occasions welcoming for people with dementia and for carers:

  • Offer to play host so carers can relax and enjoy themselves.
  • Think about the best time for a celebratory meal. Fitting in with routines is easier for someone with dementia and for their carers.
  • Factor in rest and quiet times during the festivities. People with dementia may find large groups overwhelming, so leave the big party for another day.
  • Invite the person with dementia to help with preparations. They’ll enjoy feeling involved.
  • Festive times are often a time to share memories. Sharing in traditions together is a great way to include everyone.