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Strategies for Special Holidays
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
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
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
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.