Individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's can often get frustrated because daily tasks that were once easy become increasingly harder as the disease worsens. The good news is that there are many ways in which you can help them remain safe and improve their daily quality of life.
Maintain a Daily Routine
Planning activities on a daily basis is not easy for individuals with Alzheimer's. Instead, they prefer something familiar, which means daily routines and schedules are preferable. Daily routines help them focus and know what to expect, improving their mood and reducing frustration. When planning a routine, consider their general routine, likes and dislikes, and when they typically feel their best.
Minimize Excessive Sounds
Individuals with Alzheimer's do not like a lot of noise, as it can cause them to get overwhelmed. Therefore, you want to reduce extra sound as much as possible. This can be done by turning down the volume on the TV and radio, turning the TV off while you are having a conversation, minimize the number of people at gatherings, etc.
Alzheimer's disease can make it incredibly difficult for individuals to remember directions, improve upon their skills, etc. Therefore, it is vital that you are as patient as possible with your loved one when they are struggling, as they cannot help it. You can be understanding by scheduling more time for certain activities and tasks, focusing on only one thing at a time, and guide them along the way. Try to avoid correcting or criticizing them, pointing out things they are doing wrong, arguing with them when they seem to be being unreasonable, and rushing them.
Keep Choices Simple
Everyone likes to have choices, including those with Alzheimer's. However, those with the disease can sometimes find it difficult to make decisions. Therefore, it is important that you keep the choices simple when you offer them. This can be done by offering only a couple of options, such as a cold or hot beverage, a striped or plaid shirt, or to go for a walk or to stay in and read a book. You can also remove excess clothing from their closet so that they are not overwhelmed with too many clothing options when they want to pick out something to wear. If they prefer to wear the same type of shirt each day, make sure to purchase several of the same piece.
For more information about Alzheimer's care, contact a local caregiving service.