Anxiety, agitation, and aggressive behavior are common among seniors with Alzheimer’s, often becoming increasingly frequent as the disease progresses. For caregivers, such outbursts can be frustrating, especially since it can take a while to calm seniors down after periods of increased agitation or uncharacteristic aggression. One way to manage such behaviors is to strategically employ distractions to de-escalate the situations in which they occur.
Provide a New Focus of Attention
Distracting a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s takes careful observation. For instance, if you know your loved one becomes increasingly agitated in different surroundings, bring a few comforting objects from home when going to doctors’ appointments or visiting other family members. Some other ways to redirect attention can include:
- Starting a fun activity during known periods of increased agitation
• Changing the topic of conversation when there’s clear frustration
• Using a little bribery with a light snack or an enjoyable movie
The cognitive challenges that accompany Alzheimer’s often leave aging adults unable to manage everyday tasks, which puts their safety and health at risk. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
Make It Easier to Give Medications & Take Care of Personal Needs
Seniors with Alzheimer’s have a tendency to get fussy about daily routines, such as attending to personal hygiene needs and taking medications. Distraction techniques you can use while performing these tasks can be as simple as starting a conversation about a familiar topic, having your loved one decide what to have for breakfast or dinner that day, or putting on a favorite TV show.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a challenging task for anyone. The responsibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming, but help is available. Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Pembroke Pines home care service provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help.
Make Family Members & Friends Feel More Comfortable
Once you determine when it’s best to initiate distractions, family members and friends may feel more comfortable around your loved one when they visit. This can increase socialization, minimize loneliness, and possibly elicit voluntary assistance from other family members and friends when you need a break from your caregiving duties.
Be sensitive to your loved one’s unfounded fears, perceived threats that have no basis, and frustrations. Never call attention to the behavior or unintentionally embarrass your loved one. When outbursts do occur, make an effort to calm him or her down and redirect the focus to something more positive.
Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who don’t have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. Pembroke Pines Home Care Assistance provides Alzheimer’s care seniors and their families can depend on. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. Call us at (954) 374-8273 today to talk to one of our compassionate Care Managers about our high-quality home care services.