Happy Holidays and Dementia webinar planned for Dec. 15


DAYTON — The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter is hosting an Expert Series virtual education program in December to provide guidance for families on approaching the holidays with loved ones living with dementia.

The program, Happy Holidays and Dementia, is being offered free to the community and will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, on Zoom. It will feature dementia specialist Teresa Youngstrom, RN.

Pre-registration is required. To register for this program, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be emailed following registration.

“The holidays can be a stressful time for families at any time, but when you are caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease, there is even more to take into consideration,” said Dayna Ritchey, program director of the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley and Greater Cincinnati Chapters. “This program offers caring guidance on how to reduce confusion and stress for both caregivers and the individual living with Alzheimer’s.”

The holidays are often filled with togetherness, sharing, laughter and memories. However, when your loved one has dementia, they also can be filled with stress, disappointment and sadness. This presentation will teach you how to make adjustments and develop reasonable expectations so you can continue making the holidays an enjoyable time for the person with dementia, caregivers or care partners, and the entire family.

Adjusting expectations, adapting gift-giving and finding new ways to involve the person living with dementia are all steps families can take during the holidays. Participants will leave this program with actionable tips they can put into place at home.

“We want this holiday season to be special for your family,” said Barnett. “Please join us to learn about ways to approach certain aspects of celebrating the holidays with intention, removing or reducing potential challenges so that you can simply focus on your time together with your loved ones.”

There were 421,000 people caring for 220,000 Ohioans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2021, according to the Alzheimer’s Association “2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” The number of Ohioans living with Alzheimer’s is expected to increase to 225,000 by 2025.

Those concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter office at 937-291-3332 to schedule a care consultation with a social worker who can offer connections to local resources that can help.