The holidays are a favorite time of year for the majority of people. The gifts, the magic, and most importantly the time spent with family is a time that no one wants to forget.

Unfortunately, as many of you know, memories become more and more difficult to hold onto as we age. At Senior Helpers, we know how important precious memories and family traditions are, so we wanted to share ways to help keep memories alive and strong.

Play Old Music – Playing favorite music for your aging loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia is one of the best ways to bring their memory back. The rhythm of the music will bring back stories you thought were lost forever.

Show Old Photos – Showing your aging loved one photos of family, friends, homes, etc., can bring back some of their favorite holiday memories.  You can show them a picture of their first Christmas tree and ask them how they decorated it.

Practice Patience – Your senior may not remember everything, so it is important to keep your patience. You shouldn’t ask them why they don’t remember or tell them they should know certain things.

Remember to keep the information you are sharing with them simple as to not overwhelm your loved one, and always try to avoid telling your senior that they have already told their story before.

How do you help your aging loved one remember their favorite holiday memories? Share your tips with us by commenting below or by sharing on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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