October here in the East Bay can be an exciting time filled with Halloween parties in Walnut Creek, plenty of sweets in Lafayette, and spooky costumes in Danville.

The holiday can also be scary in a real sense for some seniors suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. And similarly, elderly individuals living alone or with physical limitations may feel vulnerable during this time of year. It is important to take a few extra steps to make your senior feel at ease so that they too may enjoy the festivities in their own way.

You can begin to lessen their anxieties by:

  • -- Limiting decorations to those that are not looming or illuminating in the house- keep them fun and festively colored, but steer clear from the truly frightening decorations.
  • -- If you are planning a Halloween party for your senior to attend, keep them small and low key if you are worried about the large crowds of people, which can oftentimes be overwhelming for those with dementia who do their best with set routines.
  • -- Costumes should also be limited if they cause agitation. Those with dementia may not understand the concept of Halloween anymore or that people are “dressing up.” A good alternative could be opting for brightly colored Halloween shirts.
  • -- For seniors with dementia, the stimulation from the doorbells from trick-or-treaters on Halloween night can cause confusion and anger. It is important to make sure that someone is there to give assistance and reassurance. For home care, Senior Helpers of Moraga can arrange a visit from one of our specialists to accompany your senior.
  • -- Turn out the porch lights if you wish to avoid trick-or-treaters and to avoid the outside activities, be prepared with some distractions such as a Halloween film, or games and crafts.
  • -- Because the brain doesn’t require glucose to function, and actually functions better with alternative fuels, avoid high sugar-content treats and instead replace them with healthy festive options such as homemade sugar-free candies, popcorn, pumpkin pie, and cinnamon apple treats.

As long as your senior feels comfortable, this Halloween can be a fun chance for to celebrate past memories as well as create new ones. For in home care, Senior Helpers of Moraga can give your family peace of mind with regularly scheduled visits for a few hours a day to seven days a week. We have clients we help from Moraga and Orinda to Lafayette and all the way to San Ramon or Clayton. If you would like to learn more about the wide range of services available from the reliable and compassionate care of Senior Helpers of Moraga, call 925-268-8327 to speak to an in home senior care specialist who will work with you and your family to create a personalized care plan made specifically for your loved one’s needs.  You can rest assured that all caregivers are thoroughly screened, background checked, insured and bonded as employees with Senior Helpers of Moraga.  Senior Helpers of Moraga, 925-268-8327, proudly offers in home help to all areas of Walnut Creek, Danville, Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette, California.

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