Dementia can have a damaging effect on our loved one’s lives, where day to day activities are made extremely difficult. As a result of memory loss, our loved ones may become somewhat dependant on the care of those close to them. Rather than completely relying on the use of medication, there are certain steps that can be taken to deal with and improve you loved one’s memory.
Givingcare have outlined natural ways of dealing with dementia.
Have Creative conversations
Having repetitive conversation with your loved one’s will not only irritate them, but potentially contribute to their memory loss. The brain needs to stay stimulated and active in order to function properly. Try to make conversations as interesting as possible for your loved one. This may be through a friend or relative that they have not seen in a while, or planning your conversations in advance.
Help with dressing and grooming
As your loved one shows signs of dementia, dressing and undressing can become increasingly difficult. It is important to identify any difficult items of clothing that they may have, including shirts with narrow neck lines or certain pants. When helping with both dressing and grooming, it is important to stay patient and positive as the experience may be frustrating for your loved ones.
Try new, motivating activities
Involving your loved one in new and motivating activities is a great way to keep both their brain and body active. Organised both indoor and outdoor exercise allow for your loved one to spend time with others in a fun environment while exercising their body. If your loved one is less mobile, cultural activities within their local community such as art exhibitions are an excellent way to get out of the house and stimulate the mind.
Those suffering with dementia have a tendency to repeat themselves, which can be frustrating to deal with at times. However, it is important to understand how to deal with conversations with your loved ones appropriately. Speak slowly and allow plenty of time for your loved one to respond without pressure. Making eye contact is a great way to keep your loved one involved in the conversation.
By encouraging natural and productive ways of dealing with dementia, your loved one can see stability or even improvement within their day to day lives.
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