Halloween can be a lot of fun, but for caregivers to older family members with dementia, it may require some changes. While Halloween offers spooky fun for most people, seniors with dementia may not find it so enjoyable.
Below are some tips for celebrating Halloween with a senior who has dementia.
Choose Decorations Wisely
Change the Way You Carve
Skip or Change Trick or Treating
Hide Candy Until Trick or Treating Begins
It’s a good idea to keep candy purchased for trick or treating in a safe place until it is needed for trick or treating. A person with dementia with access to a bag of candy might eat it all without thinking about the consequences. You don’t want to be dealing with an upset stomach on top of dementia.