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Bright decorations and loud noises are common around the holidays; but, what is festive to some can be overwhelming to those with Alzheimer’s disease. It is recommended that caregivers keep daily routines for dementia patients on holidays and limit exposure to crowds. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Find holiday joy despite dementia

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By Pamela Knudson, Forum News Service

A time of festivities and celebration, the holidays pose special challenges for people with Alzheimer’s disease and those who are caring for them.


When planning family events, “focus on what is safe, manageable and meaningful to that person,” said Ashley Magner, regional care consultant with the Minnesota and North Dakota chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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