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Useful hints for the festive season


The holidays are a time when some family and friends come together and share memories, laughs and good cheer. With some planning and adjusted expectations, your celebrations can be happy events.


No one, including yourself, should expect you to maintain every holiday tradition. Consider serving a catered or takeout holiday meal.



Why not get involved by reading cards you receive together, look at photo albums together and reminisce about people in the pictures and past events, watch a favourite holiday movie and sing favourite Christmas Carols?


Try to keep doing the things you love

Some of the things you may love to do could be reading, gardening or walking, looking at art etc., anything that makes you happy!


Keep in touch with friends and family

Try to take time out to call or email people you know, even if it's just a five-minute call.


Video chat with others

Programs like Skype and most other web chat software have audio and video options where you can voice and video chat to each other.


Take a break , if possible...

If you don't have any time to do the things you love then maybe it's time for a break? Family and friends or your local Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre* may be able to provide alternative options that can assist you in having some 'time-out'.


Support Services to assist over the Christmas period

*Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre is a 24 hour Australia wide service and is available to support Carers in an emergency situation by assisting with information and respite. If you have not already registered as a Carer with them we encourage you to take a few minutes to do this over the phone: 1800 052 222


If you need to talk to someone over the festive season there is a 24 Hour Dementia Helpline (Alzheimer's Australia, Vic) on 1800 100 500 or Lifeline on 131144.


Travelling short or long distances

Many of us travel over the festive season to see family and friends and some of us may go on longer trips by plane, train or bus to reach our destinations.


Planning and preparing for a trip can be so daunting for all of us when we all seem to be living such busy lives. However travelling with a person who has dementia needs special considerations before setting off on your trip that can assist in making the journey as comfortable as possible.


Alzheimer's Association's (US) website provides practical tips and valuable information on travelling and a list of documentation to carry with you. To read more click here.