Expert, family member offer tips on sharing holidays with a loved one with dementia

Preparation is crucial for gatherings

A caregiver sits with an Alzheimer's disease patient March 1, 2012, while listening to a reading from Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. (File Photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

Consider everybody there -- including yourself, said caregivers to Alzheimer's and dementia patients when asked for advice on holiday gatherings with a loved one with the illness.