February 12, 2016


Even though people with memory loss no longer have the same cognitive awareness they once did, they are still able to experience and express emotions, including love. Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity for caregivers to meet this need for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Here are some ways you can make Valentine’s Day special for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Use music: Sing or dance to their favorite love song.
Stimulate their senses: Smell can bring back memories. A good smell can reinvigorate someone and trigger fond and loving memories. You can try their favorite perfume, flowers or their favorite food.
Reminisce: Talk about a memory or a special event from the past that they would enjoy hearing.  Being active is important, so try telling your story on a brisk walk.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Your ALZinfo Team