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When an older adult in your life has Alzheimer’s disease, finding ways to help them live a richer, more meaningful life is likely one of your goals. For many, working around a loved one’s limitations might feel difficult or even impossible. Fortunately, a wide range of research illuminates how nonmedical therapies can help.
Caring for a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease requires figuring out how to overcome unique challenges. One is making mealtime go smoothly. For example, an adult with Alzheimer’s might have trouble manipulating silverware or staying focused on tasks associated with eating.
Identifying challenges and developing strategies to work around them are key to helping an older adult with Alzheimer’s maintain healthy nutrition.
A diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s is difficult. It’s tough for you to hear and for your loved ones to accept. During this emotional time, it is important to consider what to do next. You can take steps to plan for a future that will allow you to live as independently as possible.
Often, family members caring for an elder with Alzheimer’s worry whether they are truly meeting their loved one’s needs. The disease is complex and causes changes that can be hard to cope with. And, it can be tough to communicate with a senior with Alzheimer’s disease who may have lost much of their traditional communication skills.
Whether it is a planned stay or a sudden trip to the emergency room, being hospitalized is frightening and stressful at any age. The discomfort associated with an illness or injury, and the uncertainty of what comes next, is unsettling. For a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital admission can be even more difficult.
Caring for a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease can be very rewarding, but it also may present some challenging moments. This is especially true when the older adult’s verbal communication skills have diminished.
When an older adult has Alzheimer’s disease or a similar form of dementia, engaging in productive activities can help them feel empowered and independent. Both are vital to adults who can sometimes feel less in control of their everyday life.
If an older adult in your life has Alzheimer’s disease, you may have already noticed how their environment impacts their behavior. Too much noise and confusion can increase agitation. By contrast, an orderly, peaceful environment may help the senior feel more relaxed.