Ushering in the Season for Seniors

The leaves are turning, the rain has come and fall is upon us. It is important to help the elders in your life during the changing seasons. This can be done by making even small changes to the home environment, activities schedule, or the care you provide. 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 (with slip-resistant traction), a lovely seasonal-scented candle, or music while preparing seasonal recipes are all great ways to make our loved-ones feel at home during the fall season. These activities may even 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, view our local suggestions - from a jazz festival to a spooky train ride!

  • Earshot Jazz Festival | Oct. 8 - Nov. 12

The Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area artists and audiences. More Info Here

  • Memory: Fragrant Flashbacks | Opens September 16 | Pacific Science Center

Smell stations will challenge you to recognize different odors and consider your emotional response to them - 500,000 unique scents to stir your memories! More Info Here

  • Tacoma Arts Month | Oct. 1 - Oct. 31

Looking for something to do this October? There are hundreds of arts and cultural activities happening all month long. More Info Here

  • Halloween Storytelling Train | October 21, 22, 28, 29

Wear your Halloween costume and take a ride through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley aboard an antique train.

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 5, 2017.