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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.
When a family elder has Alzheimer’s disease, safety is a leading concern for loved ones. Because the disease typically causes memory loss and impaired judgment, finding discreet, noninvasive ways to keep a senior loved one safe is important. In recent years, technology has made that easier.
What if you had Alzheimer’s disease, but didn’t know it?
Music can help us reconnect with some of life’s fondest moments, such as a high school dance or your wedding. For older adults who have dementia, music can be a means of reminiscing.