How to Keep a Senior Loved One with Dementia Safe This Halloween

Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year. Trick-or-treating for delicious candy, looking at all the spooky decorations, going to haunted houses and watching festive Halloween movies… there’s a lot to love! However, for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, this can be a scary time of year. According to Danielle Buck, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, Halloween can be a dangerous time for those with dementia. “Those with dementia have a hard time differentiating what is their reality and what is not at times,” she states. “This can make them prone to wandering, can cause them to become frightened easily and feel threatened or as if they are in danger. It’s important to know how to keep your loved one with dementia safe during Halloween to make sure it’s a good holiday for everyone.”

How to Have a Happy Halloween with No Tricks & All the Treats

To make this Halloween a little sweeter, try some of these tips from Alzheimer’s Universe.

  • Consider limiting decorations. Alzheimer’s disease can make seniors agitated or confused, according to the article. Try to stay away from skeleton and witch decorations. You should also avoid anything that can be considered gory.
  • Be careful with lighting. Flashing lights that talk and scream can also frighten those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. This may also make them more prone to wander - be sure to either limit these decorations or watch your loved one carefully to be sure they tolerate it well.
  • Create a safe place for your loved one. Those in the early stages of dementia will likely still want to participate in the Halloween fun, but are likely to need somewhere they can retreat to when they become confused or unsettled by the festivities. If they are in the later stages of dementia, it may be best to avoid it altogether.
  • Try to be cautious with trick-or-treaters. If you and your loved one are handing out candy, be careful to not let anyone in your home that you don’t know. If your loved one isn’t up to handing out candy, consider leaving candy out with a sign on the porch that says to take a piece. Do not turn off all the lights, but instead keep them on, as vandalism and break-ins are more likely to occur if they believe no one is home.
  • Find a different way to involve your loved one in Halloween. Consider having a party for two where you enjoy candy, pumpkin carving or even watch The Great Pumpkin. Just because Halloween may look different this year, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!

For more tips on keeping your loved one safe this Halloween, simply call us at 772-207-4191. We’d be happy to share our tips and invite you to join us for one of our upcoming events!

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YourLife™ of Stuart was created with one purpose – to provide the most exceptional Memory Care and uplifting lifestyle for our residents. As Memory Care specialists, we focus all our energy, attention and resources on creating a community that caters to each resident’s personal needs, respects their choices and honors individuality, while providing unequaled peace of mind and support for families. Because Memory Care is our sole focus, we have the unique ability to design and personally tailor plans around our residents. We see each resident as an individual, understanding that everyone has their own story, specific needs and retained abilities. With that information, we develop personally inspired care plans that value and support each person’s independence. Our team of attentive, caring YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide assistance with everyday activities, gentle reminders and redirection. Through our signature programming, YourStory, we create an individual experience centered around each resident. From cultural, educational and health and wellness programming, scheduled outings and other special events to personal care, assistance and multiple therapies, we create days with meaning. At YourLifee™ of Stuart, our residents and families know that this is a community designed for you, with a lifestyle defined by you. Contact us to learn more! Call us at 772-207-4191 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.