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Evoking Holiday Senses with the Elderly

Smells, textures, sounds, and sights are changing for an elderly person. Loved ones with dementia may even be experiencing feelings and emotions of childhood.

What did your loved one like to do as a child? Evoking the senses may be a way to tap into your loved one's world. A simple yet wonderful activity is making cookies. Stimulate the feeling of touch by squishing the dough through your hands to form shapes. If you use spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg, allow your loved one to smell them.

Bring out creativity and use frosting and sprinkles to decorate together. Talk about the shapes and colors. Tapping into senses is a way to communicate without words.