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Creating A Safe Environment For A Senior With Alzheimer's

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Jun 28, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

As we age, our bodies can weaken and we can experience degenerative physical and mental disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slow disrupts and destroys cognitive ability and memory and thinking skills.

 

Alzheimer’s symptoms for most people appear in their mid-60s. There are estimates across the United States that suggest more than 5.5 million Americans suffer from the problem, with most of them being aged 65 or older.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is a dangerous disease and, according to the National Institute on Aging, it is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the country. However, some estimates put the disorder third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

 

While there may be no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are some things that you can do to help manage symptoms and make a patient’s environment safer. Too much noise or clutter can cause confusion and increase agitation in someone with Alzheimer’s, and older individuals in general. Meanwhile, if an orderly, neat, and peaceful environment are maintained, it will reflect on the senior.

 

Safe Environment and Alzheimer’s

An elderly woman helping to comfort and create a safe enviorment for her friend with alzheimers

Alzheimer’s disease is still a mental disorder that is shrouded in mystery. Scientists are continuing to learn more and more about the disease. Some of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s includes memory problems, cognitive impairment, movement difficulties, and more.

 

It should also be noted that there is a relationship between cognitive decline and vascular condition such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. It can also lead to issues like diabetes and obesity.

 

The symptoms and problems that your loved one will face are entirely dependent upon the severity of the disease. As mentioned before, it is a progressive disease that gets worse over time. Alzheimer’s can range from mild to severe with mild forms of the disease hindering thing like handling money and paying bills and causing patients to wander and get lost. Meanwhile, severe Alzheimer’s disease can cause the brain tissue to shrink significantly and cause Alzheimer’s patient to have trouble communicating and be almost entirely dependent on others for their care.

 

Having a safe and positive environment can help a senior with Alzheimer’s feel comfortable and help reinforce well-being and wellness. According to one study, Alzheimer’s can make seniors feel more anxious and stressed out and become more sensitive to their physical and social environments.

 

Tips For The Home

There are a number of changes you can make at your home to help improve an Alzheimer’s patient’s symptoms and their well-being while living at home. Some of these tips include:

  • Use decorations in the home that help incorporate soothing colors
  • Keep a phone nearby
  • Make kitchen utensils easy to locate and use
  • Make rooms easy to navigate and avoid clutter
  • Keep visitors coming, friends and family can help stimulate your loved one

 

Making a few of these changes around the house can make your loved one’s living situation that much better. It can help your loved one maintain a positive and happy mindset during this chapter of their lives. It can also be effective in mitigating and preventing problems like confusion and agitation.

 

Helping With Alzheimer’s

Whether you are a caretaker or working with an assisted living facility, there are a number of different ways that you can help your loved one deal with issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, both conventional and alternative methods.

 

Music

A old piano. Music helps create a safe enviornment for seniors with alzheimers

One thing that you can do to help patients who are dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is to introduce music. According to the Mayo Clinic, research shows that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia. Music can be effective in relieving stress, reducing anxiety, depression, and agitation.

 

Music can also benefit caregivers and provide a way for loved ones to connect with those who have Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Keep It Simple

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it is best to keep requests, questions, or statements simple. Don’t over-complicate things by asking or saying more than one thing at a time, this will only work to confuse your loved one and lead to more problems. For many patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is best to make a routine and stick to it.

 

Medication

A pill bottle and medication take by an individual who has alzheimers

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s currently available, there are medications that are available to help patients deal with symptoms associated with dementia. For example, there are a number of medications that can help with memory-related issues. The Food and Drug Administration has approved both cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine to help treat common symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Some common symptoms that they may be able to help with include memory loss, confusion, and problems with thinking or reasoning.

 

Next Steps

As mentioned before Alzheimer’s disease and forms of dementia can cause major issues for patients dealing with the mental disorder. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and it is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Unfortunately, for people with Alzheimer’s disease, it is progressive and gets worse over time. This means that as the disease continues to take shape, it can lead to debilitating effects on patients. Not only will Alzheimer’s patient have memory and thinking problems, but it can also lead to them being unable to perform day-to-day tasks which causes them to enlist the help of a caregiver or an assisted living facility.

 

Luckily, there are a number of facilities that can help. Landmark Senior Living is one senior living facility in Boston that is dedicated to providing our residents with the care that they deserve at this stage in their life. Landmark can provide a number of different services to you or your loved one, even for those who are dealing with memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease. If you are interested in learning more about what Landmark does and how it can help you can visit our website today.

 

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Topics: Alzheimers

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