People with Alzheimer’s can get frustrated as tasks that were once easy get harder, but there are many ways to help them feel calm and safe as they enjoy day-to-day life more.

Keep a Routine.

Planning daily activities doesn’t come easily to people with Alzheimer’s. They also tend to prefer familiar habits, places, and tasks. Daily routines help them focus on activities they find meaningful. If they know what to expect, it can also lessen frustration and improve their mood. Place familiar objects around the house, such as family photos and mementos. These can make them feel more secure and connected.

Limit Excess Sound.

Too much noise can easily overwhelm people with Alzheimer’s. Too much sound can come from the radio, TV, or lots of people talking at the same time. Try turning the TV off during mealtimes and while you’re talking to each other, or shutting windows and doors when music or TV are playing to stop competing noise.

Be Patient.

Alzheimer’s makes it hard to improve skills or remember directions. So, it’s key to be patient with your loved one when they struggle and to remember they can’t help it. Be understanding by not criticizing or correcting them, and don’t try to argue or use logic with them when their behavior seems unreasonable.

Give Them Choices.

Most people like to have choices, especially in clothes or food, but making decisions can be hard for those with Alzheimer’s. Give your loved one choices when you can, but keep them simple. Have them choose between two options, and, if they choose mismatched clothing, let it go. At a restaurant, help them look at the menu. Then, suggest a few foods they might like.

Let Them Help.

Doing simple tasks can help your loved one with Alzheimer’s feel needed and like an important part of the household. They may appreciate you asking them to help. Keep their previous career in mind too. Someone who used to work in an office might like sorting through the mail or simple organizing tasks.

Bottom Line.

Stress can be an inevitable part of life with Alzheimer’s. Taking steps to avoid it, reduce it, or prevent it from escalating can make every day better. There are numerous resources for those who need help. The Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline (800-272-3900) offers free, confidential advice to people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, and families.


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