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3 Practical Tips for Living with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Dover NH

Living with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy. It’s not easy for the person diagnosed with this form of dementia or his or her family members. It takes a concerted effort, knowledge, patience, understanding, Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Dover-NHand the right type of support.

At first, many people diagnosed with this form of dementia have a tendency to believe they can take care of themselves well enough, perhaps just with the support of a spouse or adult child who lives in the same town with them. As the years progress, though, they begin to understand just how important proper home care can be.

In the meantime, consider these three simple and practical tips that can help seniors and their loved ones live more positively with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

Practical Tip #1: Practice patience, early.

If a person in the family, whether it’s the senior with Alzheimer’s or somebody else, has a tendency to get frustrated, angry, and lose their temper easily, now’s the time to begin practicing patience.

How can somebody practice patience? They can remove themselves from a stressful situation. For example, if they have a tendency to get angry and frustrated easily, and they feel their ‘blood boiling,’ that would be the time to separate themselves from the issue causing their anxiety.

Anyone involved in this situation should begin to practice patience as early as possible. That’s because as the disease progresses, it will become more challenging -emotionally and physically- for everyone involved. It’s always a good idea to consider home care instead of trying to support and care for an elderly loved one directly.

Practical Tip #2: Keep sentences short and simple.

When talking to somebody with Alzheimer’s, it’s a good idea to keep things simple. Even in the earliest stages of the disease, the elderly individual could have difficulty keeping track of conversations, understanding what somebody’s trying to tell them, or remembering’s simple directives or instructions.

By keeping sentences short and simple, giving the senior enough time to absorb what is being said to them, it helps to avoid confusion, anxiety, and stress. Those issues can lead to verbal and physical outbursts.

Practical Tip #3: Pay attention to tone and volume of voice.

If you’re talking loud, it can be interpreted as aggressiveness. It can also be interpreted as anger and frustration. That can lead to the other person beginning to talk louder and being more verbally aggressive.

When you follow some of these practical tips, it will help support a senior with Alzheimer’s in a more positive manner. It’s always best to consider other resources and support, especially an experienced home care aide.

If you or someone you know needs the help of Alzheimer’s care in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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