So Halloween is right around the corner and despite all the fun of fancy dress and trick or treating, there is a slightly more serious issue to be spread when it comes to the elderly.
For and elderly person, Halloween can be a bit unnerving, but for those with dementia, its even worse. The mixture of scary costumes, unexpected visitors and eerie sounds, make Halloween a recipe for fear and anxiety, but we have some tips to help your loved one feel better this spooky seanson.
- Try to make sure your loved one is not alone this Halloween, whether it is your company or a carers, they will benefit a lot from having someone with them.
- Use Nudgu to remind them that it is Halloween. Set a reminder now for 31st of October at whatever time they may wake up, so they are prepared before stepping outside.
- If you live in a quiet area, leave a bowl of sweets on the porch with a note encouraging kids to help themselves. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, leave the porch light off to deter trick or treaters.
- If your loved one does not like the sound of loud noises, you may want to turn their music or TV show up higher to block out the sound of fireworks. The loud bang can be very unnerving for those with dementia especially if it brings back dark memories.
- Check what’s scheduled on their favourite TV channel that evening. TV programs can be quite gruesome around this time of year, so make sure their beloved Countdown isn’t then followed by Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
- Make sure you loved one avoids any places where you know people like to scare others around this time of year e.g town center.
Many elderly people enjoy Halloween, so if they do make sure you encourage them to hand out candy and get involved in the Halloween spirit!
Looking after someone at this time of year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy yourself. So with enough organisation we hope you enjoy your Halloween holiday too!