While there are certain commonalities, Alzheimer’s disease impacts each individual differently. Our highly trained Atlanta dementia caregivers know, for instance, that although one individual may find pleasure from being outdoors, another person could possibly be overwhelmed by so much sensory input and favor a calmer indoor environment. One may prefer a morning bath routine, while a measure of creativity is required to help a different individual manage good hygiene.
We also recognize there are certain triggers that will often worsen Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Family members should always be especially mindful to avoid the following:
- Dehydration. People who have dementia may not be in a position to identify when they are thirsty, or may refuse when presented fluids. It’s vital to ensure adequate hydration in order to avoid added weakness and confusion. Plain water is the best, but if rejected, try flavored waters, together with different sorts of cups or glasses.
- Isolation. Those diagnosed with dementia experience loneliness as much as anyone else, and without having adequate social stimulation, may become increasingly agitated or paranoid. A specialist caregiver, like those at Atlanta Home Care Partners, who are fully trained in dementia care, can offer appropriate socialization, giving family members a much-needed break from care.
- Sugar. It’s common for people with Alzheimer’s disease to have an elevated food craving for cookies, cake, and other sugary snacks; however, it may also produce greater irritability. Try offering a number of healthier choices, including fruit, yogurt, or sugar-free goodies.
- Sleeping pills. With the difficulties of common sleep disorders including sundowning, it could be tempting for family members to offer sleeping pills to a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s to encourage a more restful night. Yet these pills increase the risk for falls and other injuries and contribute to fogginess and confusion. Speak with the senior’s doctor for a natural sleep-inducing alternative.
- TV. Be careful of what is on television; shows that contain crime or violence, as well as the nightly news, can instill fear and paranoia in individuals diagnosed with dementia. It may be better to leave the TV off and engage your senior loved one in alternate activities, including games, puzzles, reading together, exercising, and reminiscing – or choose to view films you have very carefully reviewed to make certain content is suitable.
Each member of our dementia care team is professionally trained and experienced in providing person-centered, compassionate care to effectively manage the issues inherent with Alzheimer’s, and to maximize total wellbeing. Give Atlanta Home Care Partners a call at (404) 228-0103 for additional dementia care tips, or for an in-home consultation to find out how our specialized senior care and personal care in Atlanta can make life better for your loved one.