Holiday Celebrations: When a Loved One Has Memory Challenges

As you approach the upcoming weeks, it may be helpful to have an increased awareness of what you can do to provide assistance and support for aging loved ones. Sometimes a person may have some mild changes in their memory and be able to handle their day to day routine with ease. Add to that the expectations for upholding holiday traditions and the constant change in schedules and the typical flow may get disrupted, increasing frustrations for all.

It has been almost a year since I began my memory fitness blog to increase awareness of the small changes you can make one week at a time to improve your ability to focus and recall information. As this year comes to an end, I would like to share with you some information that can help you as you spend time with those who may still very much enjoy the holiday celebrations and gatherings but need some modifications. Consider some of these suggestions and it will be not only a gift to them but to you as well.

Looking back on the last few years with mom and her hearing and memory challenges, there were many modifications made over the Christmas holidays.  Being at her side to help her navigate the events she still wanted to be part of was a learning experience for me.  Through my talks and other blogs I  have been able to share some helpful tips to consider. Pass this information along to other family members or friends who are noticing changes. Or perhaps you are the person reading this who would like to approach a conversation with your family on some changes that would better meet  your current situation.

Article: Preparing for Upcoming Celebrations  
Entire Blog List 

Selected blogs
Do the Holiday Plans Need to be Modified?
What About Planning for Those Large Holiday Family Meals ?
Managing the Many Visitors Over the Holiday. 
How to Help Older Adults Preserve Some of Those Important Traditions
How to Make the Holiday Celebration Safer When a Loved One Has Dementia
Traveling Plans Need To Be Modified If A Loved One Has Dementia.   (INTERVIEW )    Taking Care of Each Other After the Holiday Celebrations

Gift Idea: Connecting the Generations  
No matter what age, everyone has unique thoughts, opinions, and life experiences to share.  Connecting the Generations creates opportunities for people of different generations to share who they are through questions that serve as conversation starters.

With families and friends often located across the state or country, times of gathering together on the porch or around the kitchen table to chat happen less frequently and then often just around a special occasion. These questions create special opportunities for communication between young and old that may spark a very special energy and connection.

“Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.”  Wayne Dyer

About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters ( and Communication Connection( She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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