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Going to try to make this Christmas special

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by exhausted 2015, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

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    #1 exhausted 2015, Dec 8, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2015
    I have this feeling that this will be dad's last Christmas and want to try and make it special.. Last year before his dementia took a turn for the worse he did not know it was Christmas so I am guessing that it will be the same this year if not worse,I am looking for ideas to help make it special I thought about playing some wartime cds ( he served in North Africa and Italy during ww2)and having a sing along and generally fussing over him but would much appreciate any ideas bearing in mind his eyesight and mobility is not good.. Thanks in advance exhausted 2015xx
     
  2. chris53

    chris53 Registered User

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    That sounds like fun exhausted, how about some old fashioned food to go with the music?
     
  3. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

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    Ah yes some traditional recipes.. Thank you xx
     
  4. chris53

    chris53 Registered User

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    hope it all goes well
    Chris x
     
  5. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

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    Thank you Chris xx
     
  6. canary

    canary Registered User

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    If you are doing music/singalongs I would suggest traditional Christmas carols - he might be able to remember the words to quite a lot of them.
     
  7. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

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    #7 Izzy, Dec 9, 2015
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    Would he like to watch any old Christmas films? It's A Wonderful Life, White Christmas etc.
     
  8. hvml

    hvml Registered User

    Oct 10, 2015
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    Hi exhausted2015.

    I do hope you have a special Christmas with your Dad.

    You have inspired me to make a bit of an effort myself, as it will just be me and my Dad on the day. I'll do my best to make it different from a normal day. Mine always enjoys watching Carols from King's. Is that something your Dad would enjoy too?

    It will good to have a happy day to remember, but it's truly hard to feel happy inside. Xx
     
  9. exhausted 2015

    exhausted 2015 Registered User

    Jul 5, 2015
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    Thanks all for your suggestions xx but like hvml stated we can have day to remember but it is hard to feel happy inside xx but am going to try to make the best of this Christmas for dads sake xx hope everyone else has a good one too xx
     

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