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How to Empower Seniors Living with Dementia

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Dementia can be frustrating for seniors, caregivers, and other family members. Oftentimes people with dementia exhibit behaviors that are difficult to understand and manage. Empowering your senior loved one with activities and regular conversations can decrease the negative behaviors and increase his or her quality of life. Here are a few ways to empower seniors with dementia.

Curb Boredom

Seniors with dementia often exhibit negative behaviors due to boredom or frustration. By providing your loved one with purposeful activities and tasks, you can prevent these negative behaviors. Allow your loved one to match socks or perform another meaningful activity that is repetitive, easy, and allows him or her to contribute to the household.

Caring for a loved one with dementia and helping him or her curb boredom can be an overwhelming task. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.

Speak with Care

Dementia impacts certain brain functions, which could make it difficult for your loved one to follow a normal paced conversation. Most people with dementia avoid engaging in conversations, especially involving more than one person. Empower your loved one to join the conversation by speaking directly to his or her face at no more than three feet away. Use as few words as possible to get your point across and give your loved one time to respond. Also, speaking to your loved one’s left side can engage the social part of his or her brain. 

Accept the New Reality

Your loved one may develop a new reality, and it is important that you allow him or her to maintain this belief. When your loved one tells you that you are in a cave mining for gems, ask him or her which gems to look for. The last thing you want to do is argue or redirect your loved one’s current reality. However, it is okay to let your loved one know what day or time it is.

Simplify Daily Activities

Dementia can impact a senior’s ability to perform daily tasks. Your loved one’s favorite daily activities may become mentally exerting as dementia progresses. Empower your loved one to perform the daily activities he or she is still capable of doing by breaking the task into small simple steps. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs help with daily activities. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the West Bloomfield Township respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Find Alternatives to Negative Triggers

Many aging adults with dementia have triggers that cause negative behaviors, and these triggers are typically associated with something that creates fear or confusion. Figure out your loved one’s triggers and find an alternative. Hide the triggering items you do not want your loved one to see, and put the items that cause happiness in the forefront so he or she sees them often. 

Seniors with dementia or another type of cognitive decline can boost their mental and emotional health with the help of professional in-home care. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Bloomfield Township Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To learn about our premier home care plans or speak to one of our friendly Care Managers, call us at 248.283.0835 today.