Setting the Thanksgiving table for a person with memory loss

Posted at 4:28 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 17:28:08-05

BROOKFIELD -- A lot of stress comes with the holidays. Especially for someone living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Setting our loved ones up for success may also have you changing some family traditions.

Elaborate tables may need to be simplified.

Living with dementia can alter your depth-perception. A memory expert at Brookdale Senior Living shared why something as simple as a placemat, can make it harder to see your plate.

A different structure to their day can cause confusion.

"And that could cause someone to become angry and maybe withdrawn," said Kendra Cieslak with Brookdale Senior Living.

Also, if your loved one feels tired, do not make them stay awake. Let them go to bed and get some rest.