Daily life for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be extremely frustrating at times. As part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Month in November, try some of these techniques to reduce the amount of frustration that your senior might be feeling.
Pad Her Schedule Wherever Possible.
When you can leave some room in your senior’s daily schedule, that helps her to feel less rushed. Even when all she’s doing is spending the day at home, it helps to have some breathing room in between activities. Rushing is going to fluster her and possibly confuse the situation needlessly.
Involve Your Senior in Decisions.
Your elderly family member can still make some decisions and she should be allowed to do so. Until she’s at the stage where she really cannot participate in decisions, do what you can to help her to remain involved. This can be empowering for your aging adult and help her to retain some independence.
Give Her as Many Choices as You Can.
Along with decisions, choices are empowering for your elderly family member. You don’t want to overwhelm her too badly, though. For instance, if you’re giving her a choice in clothing, don’t open the closet and ask her to pick something. Instead, pick two outfits that are appropriate for the day and ask which she’d rather wear.
Keep Instructions Simple and Direct.
As it becomes more difficult for your elderly family member to follow along with instructions as you and others give them, it helps if you keep them as simple as possible. Break each step down into even smaller parts, if necessary. When you do that, you allow her brain to focus on just that one piece at a time.
Reduce Distractions Whenever Possible.
Distractions are a major source of frustration for people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s not always easy for their brain to sort through what is important and what can be blocked out, so everything tends to assume the same importance, which is overwhelming. Do what you can to reduce distractions for your senior, especially if they seem to make her more agitated.
There aren’t any perfect ways to make Alzheimer’s disease less of a problem for your elderly family member, but if you can look for ways to remove at least a little bit of frustration, that can help. Home care providers can help you to spot even more ways that you can make life easier for your senior.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in San Ramon, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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