Do you have a loved one who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease? You must be wondering about ways to help them cope with the disease while trying to keep them healthy. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient:
Have some fun: try to keep the Alzheimer’s patients engaged in activities that they enjoy; having some fun could help in maintaining some positivity, which is never a bad thing! Activities could be anything the patient enjoys including listening to music, painting and gardening.
Do routine tasks: routinely doing tasks like cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry could help maintain a sense of normality for Alzheimer’s patients. Not only will you be helping them feel indispensable despite their disease state, but you would also help decrease their chances of being confused, which might happen when exposed to new places, people, or activities.
Quality time: spending quality time with loved ones can be good for maintaining the mental health of patients in general; even if they don’t fully remember who the people are, they could still enjoy the company!
Understand the cues: Alzheimer’s patients might get upset about things you may not consider upsetting, and they might not know how to express their frustrations well. The important thing here is to know the cues – to understand when they are upset- so you could resolve their problems and help them enjoy every moment they can remember.