Now that Easter is only a few days away, I’m sure you know what’s in store on this chocolate filled holiday. It’s fair to say my day normally involves eating chocolate Easter eggs until I feel slightly sick, and then falling asleep watching a film with the family. As much discomfit my hugely full stomach may be in, there is no doubt I love my Easter Sunday spent with my family but I know it won’t always stay this way.
When researching the link between celebrating Easter and having a family member with dementia, I have found that Easter is a great way to ‘unlock precious memories from the mind of someone with dementia’1. http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/easter-help-unlock-memories-8211-dementia-experts/story-20952309-detail/story.html
This is the same with all holidays as we can allow certain senses like sight, smell and taste to evoke feeling and memories of our past. Now I’m aware that this will not work for everyone but as Maizie Mears-Owen, of Care UK, said: “Easter is a very special time of year for many families…The chance to spend four days together is a rare treat for many”1 This gives you plenty of time to visit or invite your loved one over to celebrate a holiday they would of experienced when they were young.
When I am older I’m sure the taste of cream eggs wills send me right back to now, when I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by my family on this special holiday. But for those who don’t have this privilege, send your loved one a Nudgu reminder that you will be spending Easter together this year. Then maybe help stimulate those happy memories from their childhood.