Holidays and Events


  • 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.