Memory Loss and the Holidays: How Storytelling and Reminiscing Can Help Your Loved One

storytelling in the holidays

Holidays are a time for family members to be together and participate in the many joys of the season. But for some families, having a loved one with memory loss can make the holidays a bit of a challenge.

Caregiver Coping: How to Adjust Your Expectations for the Holidays

senior man and caregiver wearing santa hats.

In her article, Caregiving During the Holidays: Have a Realistic & Positive Approach, author andeldercare consultant, Carol Bradley Bursack, describes a scenario that many caregivers can identify with.

Exercising Around Holiday Feasts: How to Keep the Bulge at Bay

Exercising Around Holiday Feasts

“The holidays are fast approaching and that means family gatherings, parties with friends and great food and drink – all of which can contribute to adding some unhealthy pounds over a short period of time,” says Susan Irrgang, RN, LNHA, Executive Director at Saunders House in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

“Registered dietitians tell us that moderation is the key during the holidays. But if your sweet tooth and your love of holiday feasts are more than your willpower can handle, there is another helpful solution – exercise!”

Tips for Holiday Storytelling and Reminiscing

Storytelling and Reminiscing with Family for the Holidays


The holidays can be a tough time for families who have a loved one with memory loss. When families gather, it’s hard not to start conversations with “Remember when…” and everyone chimes in on the memory. Relatives with memory loss might not be able to recall those times and can’t participate in the conversation, feeling left out, isolated and sad. However, there are still ways to reminisce about the past that includes the entire family. 

Tips for a Happy Holiday for You and Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Help Your Loved One with Memory Loss Enjoy the Holidays

Stacey Houseknecht, Director of Quality of Life, at Saunders House in Wynnewood, Pa. says, “The holiday season is a truly special time of year. It heralds a spirit of giving, expressions of faith and sharing holiday joy with family and friends.

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