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Holiday planning when a family member has dementia

The issue will be discussed at an event in Kitchener on Tuesday
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It's never too early to plan for the holidays, especially when you have a loved one with dementia.  Highview Residences' Chief Operating Officer Joy Birch is hosting an event on November 13th in Kitchener to explain how holiday expectations and plans change so someone with dementia can better enjoy this busy season.

Joy will offer easy to implement ideas on what to do when you bring your loved one home to celebrate with family and friends.  "There are many easy to implement ideas that can help make the Holiday season more comfortable.  Providing medication and meals at the usual time, avoiding overcrowding and excess noise, and even having name tags for everyone in attendance are all simple ideas for a better experience for those with dementia," she says.  

Joy will also discuss how to make the Holidays enjoyable for loved ones who aren't able to come home, and she'll have some great holidays gift ideas for those with dementia.  "Gifts such as interactive books, old-time movies or classic board games, and fidget cuffs are wonderful choices for those with dementia," she adds.

One lucky attendee will win a copy of Jann Arden's book, "Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss."  Here are the event details and an e-mail address to register: 

Highview Kitchener, 20 Reichert Drive - Tuesday, November 13th at 10 a.m.
RSVP by e-mailing

Joy will be joined by Robin Smart, Public Education Coordinator from the Waterloo Wellington Alzheimer Society.  Home baked treats and coffee will be served.



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