Ushering in the Season for Seniors

The leaves are turning, the rain has come, and fall is upon us. As family and loved ones, it is important to help the elders in your life enjoy the changing seasons. This can be done by making even small changes to the home environment, activities schedule, or the care you provide. For example, introducing the creature comforts of the season is a great way to enjoy it. Who doesn't love an afternoon cup of tea or cider, an extra blanket on the lap, or a care package with soft socks? A warm pair of slippers can be a great comfort as well, but make sure the bottoms have slip resistant traction to help prevent falls. Listening to music can be a powerful tool to liven the spirit while preparing seasonal recipes together. This festive activity will fill the home with the scents of autumn that may kindle old memories. We've included a simple three ingredient recipe for pumpkin spice muffins that anyone can try!

Greeting the season will look different for every family depending on the abilities of your loved one, but if you're looking for festive ideas, click below to view our local suggestions from glass blown pumpkin patches to simple recipes to a spooky encounter with King Tut!


NORTHWEST GLASS PUMPKIN PATCH

Sponsored by Tacoma Glassblowing Studio, they feature over 1,000-2000 hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by local glass artisans.http://www.northwestglasspumpkins.com/allglpupaloa.html

EARSHOT JAZZ FESTIVAL | Oct. 12-Nov. 4

The Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. http://www.earshot.org/

KING TUT EXHIBIT | Through January | Pacific Science Center

If you haven't found your way over to the King Tut exhibit yet it is a must see before it permanently to Egypt returns in January. http://www.kingtut.org/

TERRY'S BERRIES PUMPKIN PATCH & APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Features apple and pumpkin picking, cider making, wagon rides and farm tours Weekdays 10am-6pm | Weekends 10am-4pm | 4520 River Rd. Puyallup | 253-922-1604 | www.terrysberries.com

LEAF QUEST | Look for Fall Foliage Areas for Festive Drives:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/28/washington-state-fall-foliage_n_985725.html

NOVEMBER is ART AT WORK MONTH

http://tacomaculture.org/arts/resource/ArtAtWorkTacoma/web/default.htm
Tacoma Arts Month is dedicated to showing off the very best of the community. Click the link above to search for arts & culture events, discover classes & workshops, find art exhibits and much more.


As various stages of dementia are common in the elderly, providing extra dementia support during the holidays can be very important. How you help navigate visiting family and other changes will vary depending on your loved ones' needs. As schedules and routines change, additional reminders around appointments, meals, or medications may be needed.

From cooking, to listening to music, to outings, there are lots of options to usher in the new season. Pick just a few simple things to try and be careful not over stimulate the senses with too many changes. Simplicity can be a gift to someone with dementia. We wish you and your family a holiday season filled with gratitude and good memories!

Published on October 31, 2012.