How to handle Alzheimer's around the holidays

A family from Texas explains the main ways they handle a being with a member with Alzheimers during these harder times of the year.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2017 1:12 PM

For a family that has someone with Alzheimer's, the holidays can mean hurt feelings when they forget who you are, when they yell at you or repeatedly ask the same questions.

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One family from Texas explains the main ways they handle these harder times of the year.

Kelly's kids were young when their grandma was diagnosed, but they understand the disease with open dialogue.

"You got to step into her world and try to look at what's going on through her eyes," said Kelly's father, John Sachs.

Clinical social worker with Houston Methodist, Rebecca Axline, says their family is doing everything right.

Experts say Alzheimer's patients can have memories from long ago easier than recent memories and you can still include family members on holiday traditions by asking them multiple choice questions, like do you like green Christmas trees or sparkly ones.

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(Story from NBC affiliate KPRC)

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