MEDIA ADVISORY: York U expert available to comment on managing holiday celebrations for families touched by Alzheimer’s


TORONTO, December 13, 2016 – With all the shopping, meal planning and dinner planning, many families may feel excited about the holidays, but also overwhelmed. For individuals living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, visiting family can make this time challenging and bittersweet, and for their loved ones, the stress of caregiving responsibilities layered with holiday traditions can also take a toll.

Faculty of Health Professor Christine Jonas-Simpson in York University’s School of Nursing has done research on transforming and growing with loss, with different groups of people including with those families living with dementia. She is available for media interviews to discuss how families can prepare for the holidays and gatherings including:

  • coping with loss during the holidays
  • tips for managing holiday family gatherings with family members who may have dementia, Alzheimer's
  • managing expectations
  • factors to consider when planning activities during the holidays

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Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 44543/