An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can hit your family like a ton of bricks. What happens now? Will everything change? Will our family lose our independence and our privacy? One of the things we all want to do is to change things at little as possible for as long as we can. Something that seems to work is to continue to engage in the activities you love. Whether this is playing chess or solving a crossword puzzle, make it a goal to keep your loved one active throughout the day as maintaining a fulfilling daily routine is crucial for increasing anyone’s quality of life. If you’re a caregiver, your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia doesn’t have to give up the activities they love. While battling this disease, you might need to make adjustments to each activity in order to better match their abilities. Here are some of my best suggestions:
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If you notice that your loved one is losing interest or becoming irritated, it is most likely time to change or stop the activity.
When it comes to cognitive decline, helping your loved one stay active is crucial. Not only do activities enhance overall health and wellbeing, but they can also reduce feelings of irritation and disorientation. Always remember that your loved one wants to be doing things they enjoy, but sometimes just need help starting their day.