When Alzheimer's, Mother's Day Intersect, Light Touch May Be Best

Nancy Harty
May 12, 2019 - 2:56 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If your mom has Alzheimer's disease, you may want to think carefully about how you celebrate her on Mother's Day.

While it may be tempting to have a big gathering or to go out to a noisy restaurant, Melissa Tucker with the Illinois chapter of the Alzheimer's Association said it might not be a good idea if mom is one of the 3.3 million women in the U.S. who has the disease.

Crowds and loud noises can be overwhelming for people with dementia -- even those who once loved large parties and seeing all of the kids and grandkids.

For relatives who don't see mom often, noticing her decline might be a shock.

Tucker suggests the primary caregiver talk with any out-of-towners about what to expect.

She reminds caregivers, who may be moms themselves, not to try to do too much. That work can be tiring and demanding, she said.

The Alzheimer's Association has a helpline staffed around the clock for any questions or support caregivers may need at 800.272.3900.