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Ways to Keep Alzheimer’s Patients Active


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By Shawn Turcotte

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton, CPCA

Caregiver cooking with a senior to help keep her active

Get Help from Home Healthcare Professionals for Alzheimer’s Care

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, yet. However, that doesn’t mean that life must end when you or a loved one receive this diagnosis. It’s possible to stay active throughout this devastating disease. As things progress, many activities can be modified to match your loved one’s abilities. Not only will you help them enhance their life, but you may also find that they are less agitated or their wandering tendencies are reduced.

The trick to making the most of activities is to engage your senior mentally without overwhelming them. Adding physical movements is even better for your loved one. Sometimes you cannot be present for your mom or dad. How do you keep them engaged when you are gone? The assistance from a personal support worker (PSW) experienced in Alzheimer’s care may be the answer. Our compassionate staff is well trained and can help you and your loved ones through this difficult season of life.

5 Suggestions to Keep Your Senior Active, even with Alzheimer’s

Here are some different activities you or your PSW can plan for your elderly family member:

  • Spice up life with music – Listening to some favourite songs from your parent’s youth can help them remember good times. If they used to play an instrument or sing, encourage them to reengage with their passion. As the symptoms progress, the songs can get simpler.
  • Add puzzles – Stimulate the brain with puzzles. It can be simple jigsaw puzzles with bright coloured pieces. A daily crossword or Sudoku can keep the grey cells firing and workout problem-solving skills in a low-stress way.
  • Embrace reading again – Grabbing a good book, and heading for a quiet seat is a fantastic way to give your brain some light exercise. Opt for shorter books, especially any that relate to your or your senior’s past.
  • Schedule a movie night – Not only does this engage them, but gathering the family around for a movie can help strengthen bonds. Grandma can tell stories as she remembers them when you watch something from her past.
  • Encourage housework and cooking – Not only does this keep your loved one active, but it also reinforces that they are important and contributing to the household. These can be light chores and assisting in the kitchen with things like setting the table.

Senior Care to Engage Your Senior Challenged with Alzheimer’s

Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient has its challenges along with its rewards. Whether you need respite care or daily help, the team at Home Instead Senior Care Edmonton is ready to step in and assist you and your family. We have many home care services to ease the burdens that can come along. Reach out to us today!

If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you and your loved one can benefit from Alzheimer’s care at home, visit Home Instead to find a professionally trained CAREGiver in the Edmonton area.

Call us at (780) 439-9990 to schedule a no-obligation in-home care consultation.

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