November 25, 2003

Holiday Tips to Include Memory Impaired Persons And Those with Behavioral Problems

With the holidays approaching, persons with memory impairment or behavioral problems may not feel comfortable in large family gatherings. However, there is much that loved ones can do to make these individuals a part of the holiday celebrations.

Daniel Sewell, M.D., director of the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center, offers several suggestions for helping persons with memory impairment or behavioral problems to get the most enjoyment out of family gatherings during the holidays:

“All of these suggestions need to be individualized for each person and their specific needs,” Sewell says. “These folks can get lost in the shuffle and chaos of happy family gatherings. So, just be sensitive and loving. And plan ahead.”

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