It seems like it was only a few weeks ago we were discussing how to stay activity and cool. Now we are talking about fall and how to stay activity and get past some of the pitfalls of this time of year. For people who suffer from dementia and hallucinations this must be a very difficult time. When we think about all the fall holidays and look at all the effects of not only those holidays but also the natural order of things; seeing those through the eyes of someone who cannot understand at that moment what is happening must be extraordinarily frightening.
Looking at the obvious try to see the Halloween costumes and activities, through the eyes of someone who cannot assemble what time of year or what is truly going on. It is a sad commentary when visiting a Dementia Care facility and note that the staff is not only celebrating the holiday but dressing up in costumes.
So at home how can we observe this season without frightening and confusing our friend, patient or relative? It would seem to first celebrate the season with the beautiful colors. We live in a home not a preschool, begin with that thought and move forward. Our patient, friend or family member will recognize a tone or emotion faster than a visual aid. Do not have or using frightening noises and costumes around the house, even when it was a treat years earlier, it is not a treat now. Our ability to keep everything to the norm will come back in pleasant activity and resounding fun. After all isn’t fun what this holiday was supposed to be in the first place. Use dancing as an activity, singing, or drawing to express the fun of this holiday.