Imagine this situation for a moment: it’s evening, you can’t quite recall some of the things you did earlier in the day and, despite the fact you just had this conversation with another person, you struggle to figure out what it was you were talking about. You try to clean up the dishes after dinner, but things seem to take longer than ever. You still need to take a shower, fold the laundry, and get ready for bed.
You’re getting frustrated. Every task is taking longer and longer and the more you struggle to remember certain things, the more difficult it becomes. You just want a break. However, you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; you won’t get a break.
The frustration will build as the disease progresses.
Memory loss will often lead to confusion, frustration, and anxiety. When that memory loss becomes extreme and the senior does not recognize anyone around them, even if it’s only going to be temporary, it can cause tremendous fear and that can lead to verbal and physical aggression.
Is there any way to help provide comfort?
During these outbursts, during these extremely difficult times, a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel completely helpless. However, there is an easy strategy that could help them, but it needs to be started as early as possible.
Develop a routine.
Every person has at least one type of routine in their life, even if they don’t realize it. Most people of working age will wake up at generally the same time, go to the bathroom, make breakfast, take a shower, get dressed, and so on. They tend to do these things in the same order, the same way, day after day, week after week, month after month. It becomes a habit.
That’s exactly what could benefit somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but for these men and women, most of them will have been retired for quite some time. They won’t have the same routine or need for it. Yet, a routine can be beneficial in the event they are frustrated, confused, or even frightened because they can’t recognize their surroundings or people with them.
How does a routine offer comfort?
If a person is suddenly confused and frightened, they start lashing out. They start calling people names. They start throwing things. They are simply reacting to the fear, the intense fear, holding onto them. What if somebody managed to guide them into a routine they had developed over the past several years?
Maybe that routine involves getting undressed and ready for bed, sitting down to play a game, or preparing a meal. Whatever the routine is, it distracts the person with Alzheimer’s from their anxiety, their stress, and the subconscious corners of the mind, where habits tend to reside, becomes accessed and the routine is soothing. It can provide comfort. And, it can be a powerful benefit in the years to come.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in East Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.