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For most halloween can be an enjoyable time of year, however for people with dementia there’s a lot of potential for stress, anxiety and confusion. Whether you have a loved one with dementia, or you’re conscious of celebrating the holiday in a way that’s considerate of those in your community who may be living with dementia, here are some of our tips.

  • No.1  Avoid decorating the outside of your home with decorations that are very scary, a person with dementia might not understand the context of the decorations and so it can be quite alarming. dementia halloween
  • No.2 Let neighbours know if your loved one is not able to accept trick or treaters. You could put a sign in the door or leave out some sweets to try and prevent lots of knocking and doorbell rings.
  • No. 3 If you have a relative or friend with dementia who lives alone, see if someone can sit in with them on the night to provide additional support if needed.
  • No. 4 Avoid spooky sounds or halloween lighting in the presence of someone with dementia as it could be disorientating.
  • No. 5 If you’re living with someone with dementia avoid having lots of people over, avoid additional stress by just having a few family members or close friends over.
  • No. 6 If you have a relative or friend with dementia who lives alone, see if someone can sit in with them on the night to provide additional support if needed.
  • No.7 Use the holiday as an opportunity to spend time and get creative with your loved one. Baking or making crafts can be good ways to include someone with dementia in the halloween fun.
  • No.8 Monitor what’s on the TV, at Halloween there can be a lot of scary shows and films on and they could have a negative impact on someone with dementia.
  • No.9 Avoid stores that are likely to have scary motion activated decorations or a lot of frightening costumes and decorations.
  • No.10 Find activities in your community that can help your loved one to celebrate the season in a comfortable and supportive environment, for example harvest festivals or crafting events.
If you have a loved one with dementia who could benefit from some extra support, contact us for a no obligation consultation.

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