Skip to content

Providing Care in Sonoma, Napa, & Marin Counties
Call (707) 573-1003

Helping a Senior with Cognitive Functioning Decline Cope with Store Halloween Displays

As the Halloween decorations pop-up around stores it can be an exciting time for those who love fall and the spooky holiday season ahead. For an elderly adult who is living with cognitive functioning decline, however, these Halloween displays can be disorienting, troubling, and even frightening. If you are a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with cognitive functioning decline, it is important to be aware of the impact these decorations can have on your senior, and take steps to help prevent negative reactions throughout the autumn season.

Senior Care in Healdsburg CA: Helping a Senior with Cognitive Functioning Decline Cope with Store Halloween Displays

Senior Care in Healdsburg CA: Helping a Senior with Cognitive Functioning Decline Cope with Store Halloween Displays

 Use these tips to help a senior with cognitive functioning decline to cope with store Halloween decoration displays:

  • Talk to them about Halloween. Remind them that this holiday is coming up, and talk to them about what they remember about celebrating Halloween. Remind them of things you used to do together during the Halloween season, and go over some of the traditions for the holiday. This can help them to make more sense out of Halloween decorations, and can stimulate their memory. You may even find that they are excited to enjoy some of those same traditions again.
  • Check out the stores first. If you are planning on bringing your senior shopping, check out the stores first. Go inside and look around. Find the displays and evaluate whether you think they would be upsetting for your parent. If they will, plan routes around the store to avoid these locations.
  • Talk them through the displays. Explain what they are going to see, and reassure them that they are fake. If they are interested in them, encourage them to touch them or interact with them so they can see they cannot hurt them.
  • Focus on the fun. If you must get near the displays, turn their attention to the fun elements. Talk about the cute costumes or have them help you plan what candy to give out.


Caring for an elderly adult with cognitive functioning decline can be extremely challenging. As a family caregiver you may find yourself worrying you are not able to give them everything they need, or that they cannot experience a fulfilling quality of life. This is not the case. Senior care can be an exceptional source of support and assistance designed to supplement the care you give, enhance your parent’s daily life, and help them to make the most of their later years while managing their challenges in the ways that are best for them. This can include safe and reliable transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care needs, mobility care, memory support, and more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Healdsburg, CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

Latest posts by Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS (see all)