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Vital tips for Dementia Families

Judie Rappaport
July 12, 2017

Confusion can lead to a lot of stress but there are simple guidelines that can help families cope with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s –

  • Don’t Take Outbursts Personally - Your parent is not in control, dementia has taken over.
  • Keep Your Requests Simple - “Sit down, Dad,” touch the chair and wait until Dad sits down, or “Come here, Dad,” then gesture and smile.
  • Beware of Your Physical Attitude - Tight lips, tense posture, hands folded across the chest will cause fear and destroy communication.
  • Use Strategies When Eating Out - Dine at non-peak times to avoid crowds and do not expect dad to choose from the menu.
  • Avoid Crowds - Crowds will “crowd” Dad.
  • Make Appointments for Mid-morning - Aggression and confusion are more prevalent in the evening.
  • Make Sure Healthcare Professionals are Savvy about Dementia - Dentists, doctors, all healthcare workers that Dad may come in contact with.
  • Build in Routines and Encourage Pleasurable Activities - Routine is the cornerstone of stress reduction for dementia patients.
  • Use Day-Care Programs - Peer communication, mental and physical stimulation are mandatory for decreasing problems.
  • Implement Appropriate Safety Measures - Install safety locks on cabinets to prevent accidental injuries from knives, poisons, dishwashing or laundry soap.

 

 

Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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