Q. I’m concerned about how to involve my mom in the holiday festivities without overwhelming her. Do you have any suggestions?
Try to include her in some holiday preparations. Give her something to do that is within her abilities and that will make her feel useful. For example, measure out the ingredients for cookies and have her add the ingredients one at a time. Or have her stir with a wooden spoon. Maybe she can help with decorating the tree. Occupying her time will help you get other things done, as well.
Maintain a sense of familiarity. Go easy on the decorations, and don’t move too much furniture to accommodate trees or other objects. Changing familiar surroundings can lead to confusion, especially for someone with memory or physical challenges. Extra cords, fragile decorations and piles of gifts can be hazards to those with limited mobility.