5 Tips for Improving the Daily Life of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

April 29, 2019 | BY PHS Staff

At Preferred HealthStaff, we know that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult. Providing
Alzheimer’s home care for our clients is one of our primary specialties, and we do our best to make sure that they can live as close to a normal life as possible. If you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, there are some things that you can do to improve their daily life. Here are some of our top tips.

Make a Routine

Making a routine can really benefit someone with Alzheimer’s disease. This can help a client better engage with the world around them and at least have some semblance of familiarity with things as their memory begins to suffer. A daily routine can at least engage a client’s muscle memory, giving them tasks they’re familiar with and helping them form some sort of structure in the face of an ailment that’s rapidly changing their everyday life.

Encourage Cardiovascular Exercise

We recommend that one item on your routine is some sort of cardiovascular exercise. Exercise isn’t just good for losing weight or building muscle. It can actually help grow new neurons, improve memory, and boost cognitive functions. Some medications and therapies strive to slow down memory loss, but no other kind of therapeutic option can actually help grow new neurons. This is in addition to the rest of the benefits that frequent exercise can bring. Quality of life for a client who engages in cardiovascular exercise is just going to be better overall.

Minimize Corrections of Misremembered Info

Naturally, a person with Alzheimer’s disease is going to get some details wrong when recalling certain things. Don’t go crazy correcting them. Instead, just be there for them and listen. Correcting a loved one constantly can make them embarrassed. It could also discourage them from being an active part of the conversation in the future.

Find Hobbies or Tasks They Can Still Do

You also want to make sure that your loved one can still have some sort of life even with Alzheimer’s disease. That means finding hobbies and activities that they’re still able to do and scheduling them in. As long as it’s something not overly stressful or complicated, it can really brighten your loved one’s day.

Minimize Decision Making

You can also help your loved one by minimizing their decision making.  Even some of the routine choices we make every day could actually end up being intimidating for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of telling them to choose a shirt from their entire wardrobe, for example, just pick out two shirts and let them pick one of them. This gives someone some control over their life, but doesn’t overwhelm them with choices and options.

Your Dementia Home Care Experts in Pennsylvania and West Virginia

If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact us at (866) 943-9791 today and see if our Alzheimer’s in home care services could help you. At Preferred HealthStaff we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping our clients live their best life in the face of this debilitating disease, and we look forward to assisting you as well.