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Rethinking The Holidays

UHB026_Cover.jpgFamily traditions that worked in the past may need to be modified when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.

There’s no busier time of year than the holidays, when many of us are shopping, getting together with family and friends, decorating, preparing special meals, exchanging gifts, attending religious services, and – as if that weren’t enough – enduring long-distance road trips or overcrowded airports.

Add to the mix caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and the season of joy can be downright daunting, even for the most caring families.

In the Fall 2015 edition of Brain Research Discoveries magazine, the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute offers tips for families and caregivers for coping with Alzheimer's and the unique challenges it presents during the holiday season.