The Dementia-Fighting Power of Senior Home Care
Today’s post highlights the dementia-fighting power of our senior home care services. Read on to learn how our long-term care programs help prevent dementia, manage symptoms, and address the needs of affected family members in Katy, Texas.
Promoting Dementia-Fighting Lifestyle Choices With Senior Home Care
Many of the risk factors for dementia can be mitigated through positive lifestyle and behavioral modifications, all of which are fully supported by our senior home care team.
Our senior home care team can help your loved one stave off dementia symptoms by:
- Promoting physical activity. These cardiovascular and metabolic effects of being inactive are well known, but physical inactivity also has direct effects on the structure and function of the brain. Getting the recommended 150-minutes of aerobic activity per week is easy for seniors benefitted from home care. Our team can monitor your loved one’s exercise sessions and accompany them on nature walks and other light activities.
- Supporting your loved one’s decision to quit smoking. Smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for the lungs, heart, and vascular system, but it also increases the risk of dementia later in life. In addition to providing motivation and making your loved one more accountable about their smoking via monitoring, we can fill their day with enjoyable activities to distract from cravings.
- Preparing brain-healthy meals. An unhealthy diet can affect a person’s risk of developing many illnesses, including dementia, but also cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Our senior home care team simplifies healthy eating by handling the shopping, food preparation, and cleanup.
Managing Behavioral Symptoms with Senior Home Care
Common behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia include sleeplessness, wandering, agitation, anxiety, and aggression. Treating these behavioral symptoms can make people living with dementia more comfortable, and reduce stress for their families. And that’s why it’s such a mainstay in in our senior home care program.
Always Best Care SW Houston (Katy)’s senior home care team can:
- Help manage sleep problems by promoting daily exercise, limiting naps, planning energy-intensive activities early in the day, creating quiet, peaceful ambiance in the evening, monitoring caffeine intake, and more.
- Prevent wandering by engaging them in enjoyable activities, ensuring doors are locked, installing safety devices and “announcing systems” that chime when doors are opened, keeping signs of departure (keys, suitcases, coats, hats, shoes, etc) out of sight, and generally monitoring the whereabouts of your loved one.
- Reduce agitation, anxiety and aggression by limiting noise or confusing stimulus in the home environment, keeping your loved one company and providing reassurance, preventing unwanted interaction of medicines with proper scheduling and reminders, keeping well-loved objects and photographs around the house, playing soothing music, reducing clutter, limiting sugar, caffeine, and junk food, and more.
Senior Home Care Supports Dementia’s Forgotten Victims
Caring for a loved one with dementia takes a toll physically, emotionally, and financially. The demands of day-to-day care, changing family roles, and tough decisions about next steps can be extremely difficult. Several studies have been published highlighting the deleterious effects of informal dementia care burden. In addition to joining support groups, delegating among family, and developing coping skills, families providing for loved ones living with dementia should explore respite care options.
To learn more about respite care options in Katy, Texas, visit https://www.alwaysbestcare.com/tx/katy/, or call 281-231-2813 to start a free care consultation with a member of our team.
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