Seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia often have trouble being in loud, crowded areas. When overwhelmed or overstimulated, they become agitated and restless and they may even start to wander. Many times, seniors with dementia prefer quiet, one-on-one interactions, which can make some everyday activities a little more difficult to partake in. One of these is exercise. Many gyms can be loud and full of strange noises that can confused loved ones with dementia, so that leaves it to us to find ways seniors can effectively exercise at home.
Serving as a caregiver to an aging loved one is stressful enough without a plan of care for the future in place. Without a plan of care created, sudden changes in a loved one's health and well-being can potentially cause added stress, confusion and disruption in everyone's lives if an unforeseen event were to occur. While we can't predict the future or keep unwanted events from happening, creating a care plan can help to make unexpected events easier to handle for everyone involved, while giving your aging loved one peace of mind that they will be well taken care of.
Have you ever woken up from a night of sleep where you just feel like you didn't sleep at all? What about waking up in the morning after getting up multiple times during the night? A good night's rest is extremely important for anyone of age, however, it's now being found that a good night of sleep can also hellp to keep dementia away.
For seniors with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, it can be unsettling to know there is no way to cure what is going on in your mind. While there are plenty of things that can be done to try to aid the sumptoms, more and more people are trying to take matters into their own hands. Many times, this leads people to supplements that have little to no backing as to their effectiveness in preventing or delaying Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
One of the many human functions affected by the progressive nature of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is our ability to communicate.
As the Mayo Clinic article, Alzheimer's: Tips for effective communication explains, "Because Alzheimer's disease slowly erodes verbal communications skills, your loved one's words and expfdxxionx might make little or no sense to you. In turn, he or she might have trouble deciphering your words."
In the words of English playwright and poet William Congreve, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.”
Although Mr. Congreve was not referring to the soothing power of music used in the care of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, he very well could have. In fact, his words effectively describe some of the most valuable benefits of music in dementia care today.