The Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter reminds families that, "By using 'an ounce of prevention,' caregivers can alleviate some of the misery and frustration." Consider the following tips to make the holidays easier for everyone:

1. Set Expectations: Familiarize and educate friends and families about the situation of your loved one. You can inform them about the situation by writing a simple note.

2. Adapt Gift Giving: Make things easier for your loved one by giving them the gifts he/she really needs. Share a list of useful gifts that will make living easier with your family and friends.

3. Prepare: Keep your loved one aware of upcoming holiday events. Let them know that friends and family will be coming by to celebrate the season. Spread the Christmas cheer by playing familiar music and making their favorite seasonal foods.