Seniors afflicted with Alzheimer’s suffer from short-term memory loss, which makes learning difficult. However, as long-term memory is generally unaffected, the memory of routines remains mentally stored until the latter stages of the disease. Keeping daily care habits, familiar activities and personal items intact provides many benefits for both seniors and their Temple, TX, Alzheimer’s caregivers.
1. Maintains Function
Enabling a senior to continue his or her routines and keep his or her surroundings in the manner to which he or she has become accustomed helps maintain your loved one’s memory for a longer period of time. Live-in Temple, TX, caregivers should continue to have meals at the same time, going out on normal outings to familiar places and seeing friends and family.
2. Anxiety Reduction
Older adults with cognitive problems often experience anxiety when encountering unexpected change in routines or surroundings. They then commonly feel frustrated and express their anxiety or stress by becoming agitated, angry or confused. Some may exhibit behaviors when having to be a part of large groups with unknown people. Others become upset when familiar objects are moved from their original place. Many different types of change have the potential of causing distress.
3. Decreases Caregiver Stress
By adhering to routines, seniors with Alzheimer’s exhibit fewer problematic behaviors, which also means less stress for the caregiver. Avoiding unnecessary change prevents unpleasant situations where caregivers find themselves trying to calm a loved one or attempting to figure out what caused the behavior.
4. Encourages Independence
Doing dishes, folding laundry, enjoying a favorite hobby or performing other tasks that are natural to an older loved one enables them to participate in or complete activities without the need for constant supervision.
5. Builds Confidence
During the early stages of Alzheimer’s, individuals are aware of the mental changes which are occurring. This can lead to depression, fear, hopelessness and the loss of their sense of self. Familiarity and independence bolsters confidence and self-esteem.
If you need help taking care of a senior with Alzheimer’s, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible live-in and hourly elderly home care Temple, TX, seniors need to safely and comfortably age in place. Call 254-856-0600 today to learn more about our services and customize a care plan for your loved one.