If your Christmas activities this year include a visit with someone who has Alzheimer’s and lives with a caregiver, whatever you do, don’t drop by unannounced, advises the New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. You probably wouldn’t do that anyway—even if no one had dementia—but with this disease, that bit of etiquette becomes even more important.

The organization’s tips are shared in an article at the website for WFUV, Fordham University’s public radio station. Another bit of advice: “Be flexible. The unpredictable behaviors of some people with Alzheimer’s may make last minute changes unavoidable.”

2. Speak directly to the person with Alzheimer’s and do NOT talk about them to the caregiver while they are within listening distance.

3. Make visits to the person with Alzheimer’s short and quiet and limit the number of people who are visiting at one time.

The article also shares some good holiday tips for…

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