Preserved memories allow for continued enjoyment of holidays and events.
A person with a memory disorder will have a lower tolerance for lively settings.
Fatigue is the most common cause of anxiety or agitation when attending an event.
Realistically determine if the setting is appropriate before taking a person with a memory challenge to an event. Prolonged exposure to loud music or noise or an activity taking place in multiple locations may be overwhelming.
Before the event, prepare any care items that may be needed outside the home.
Create a sitting area on the outer edge of the event that has a good view but limits exposure to large groups of people at once or loud sounds.
Provide frequent breaks from the setting including a walk or a quiet area for rest.
A companion can act as a guide, using a low voice to share observations of people and happenings at the event. Multiple people can take turns in this role.
Alcohol may be permissible but check with the provider before the event. Monitor intake and consider diluted drinks.
Manage expectations. Although it may be a different experience it can still be a cherished one.
Gatherings with people who are not seen often may heighten awareness of memory changes. Try to focus on the here and now and not on what has been lost.