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4 Tips to Support Your Loved One With Dementia During Fireworks

The Fourth of July is a fun time of year to come together, BBQ, swim, and end the night with fireworks. Fireworks are a gorgeous sight, but for a person with dementia, loud noises can confuse, scare, or trigger unwanted memories.  Here are four tips to help make the experience more manageable and comforting for […]
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The Fourth of July is a fun time of year to come together, BBQ, swim, and end the night with fireworks. Fireworks are a gorgeous sight, but for a person with dementia, loud noises can confuse, scare, or trigger unwanted memories. 

Here are four tips to help make the experience more manageable and comforting for them:

  1. Create a Calm Environment: One of the most effective ways to support someone with dementia during fireworks is to create a calm and soothing environment. Close the windows, draw the curtains, and play soft, calming music to help muffle the sounds of the fireworks. Consider using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs if they are comfortable wearing them. A familiar and serene setting can significantly reduce anxiety and stress.
  2. Provide Reassurance and Comfort: Your presence and reassurance can make a difference. Sit with your loved one, hold their hand, and speak to them calmly and soothingly. Remind them they are safe and that the noise is just fireworks celebrating a special occasion. Sometimes, a simple explanation and a comforting touch can alleviate their anxiety.
  3. Engage in Distraction Techniques: Keeping their mind occupied can help divert their attention away from the fireworks. Engage them in an activity they enjoy, such as looking through photo albums, watching a favorite movie, or doing a simple craft project. The goal is to focus their attention on something positive and engaging, which can help lessen their fear and agitation.
  4. Plan Ahead: If you know fireworks are scheduled, plan to ensure you have everything you need to support your loved one. This might include having their favorite snacks and drinks on hand, providing up-to-date medications, and setting up comfort items like blankets or pillows. Additionally, inform neighbors if they are planning fireworks so you can be prepared and possibly adjust your plans to minimize the impact.

By taking these steps, you can help your loved one with dementia feel more secure and comfortable during fireworks, turning what could be a stressful situation into a manageable and even enjoyable experience.

Are you trying to navigate the senior care maze? We are here to help. Trust us, we’ve been through it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you or someone you know needs our help. 



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