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Strategies for Special Holidays

By David Lowell, MD

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Ideas for Your Loved One:

1. Find a way to have your loved one participate in the holidays, whether its making decorations or counting the days on an Advent calendar

2. Decorate your loved one’s room or living area for the holidays. Incorporate symbols and decorations that are meaningful. 

3. Stimulate all of your loved one’s senses with the sounds, sights, smells and tastes of the holidays. Ideas include holiday music and decorations, a favorite dessert and familiar scents.

4. Familiar holiday foods are a nice way to evoke positive memories.

5. If your loved one is in a care facility, extend traditions to other people in the facility. For example, pass out holiday cards or make a traditional dessert to share.


Over the past decade Dr. David M. Lowell has worked extensively with caregivers for people with a wide range of conditions including Alzheimer Disease, brain injuries, and developmental disabilities. A behavioral neurologist, Dr. Lowell is medical director of Neurobehavioral Resources, Ltd., a residential behavioral rehabilitation center for adults with brain injury located in Conroe, Texas, a suburb of Houston.


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