Alzheimer’s and Senior Activities — Find a Better Way to Plan
Getting into good habits can help with planning activities for seniors, but this assumes that there is a certain level of collaboration involved. When a senior suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, though, it can mean the loss of collaboration, placing the sole burden of planning activities upon you and other caregivers.
Are you caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease or some other form of dementia? Are you having trouble scheduling days so that you and your loved one are able to live comfortably with all of your needs met? It can be a struggle!
To help, here are some tips on planning activities for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.
#1 — Determine Your Loved One’s Interests
The key to planning worthwhile activities for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s is to keep their interests in mind. What do they like to do to relax and feel at ease? What types of activities/settings seem to stimulate them and make them happy?
Take note of these types of activities and use them to schedule subsequent days on the calendar.
You should also make note of the types of activities that seem to cause your loved one distress. You can probably tell pretty easily when your elderly loved one becomes sad, angry or annoyed. And even though you won’t be able to avoid every single activity that causes a certain amount of distress (like going to see the doctor), you can at least space them out at intervals so that life is as easy as it can be.
#2 — Dress Properly for the Occasion
Finding a list of available activities is a great idea, but you have to be sure that you and your loved one are prepared with the ideal apparel. Otherwise, things can get pretty uncomfortable quite quickly!
If it’s the middle of a summer day, make sure that cool, loose-fitting and comfortable clothing is worn. You should also insist on wearing sunglasses and/or a hat in addition to the application of sunscreen or sunblock.
Maybe you’re planning on attending an activity in a facility that’s known for wildly different temperatures or for being excessively drafty. Movie theaters come to mind. If this is the case, dressing in layers can be a real lifesaver.
Regardless of the activity, it’s critical for you to consider the conditions and dress accordingly!
#3 — The Proper Pacing Is Important
As you schedule the day for you and your loved one, keep the proper pacing in mind. Seniors — especially those who suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia — need to keep their energy levels up in order to take part in certain activities. So it’s good to avoid scheduling too many active events close together.
Build significant periods of rest into the day, and be sure that enough time is set aside for meals, rest and relaxation. Maybe you can pack a day full of hustle and bustle, but that’s the last thing your senior loved one needs!
Are you interested in learning more about the kinds of activities that can keep your senior loved one engaged? Call Always Best Care today at 1 (855) 470-CARE (2273) and learn how you can receive your FREE consultation!