July 4th memories often entertain the Alzheimer’s parent and help you preserve your family heritage…for yourself, your children and future generations. Since Alzheimer’s patients like to reminisce, you may be able to do this with them about memories of this holiday.
Record the memories
Jot them down
Pull out pictures and have the patient tell you about them (if they’re able)
Make some scrapbook pages with these memories
Involve the whole family so they can have memories of doing this with the Alzheimer’s family member
Take the patient to July 4th events if they’re capable
Prepare foods the family member did or enjoyed on these occasions in earlier years
Join in any July 4th activities at the nursing home, if your family member resides there.
What do you do to remember the Fourth of July as you parent your parent?