4 Tips for Engaging a Loved One with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

Keep this advice in mind when planning activities for a loved one

Posted in , Feb 14, 2019

4 Tips for Engaging a Loved One with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

This article is based on information provided by Home Instead Senior Care.

With the right approach, it is very possible to engage someone who has early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Just as you might look for common interests with a new neighbor or work colleague, when you’re trying to engage someone with early stage Alzheimer’s try to think of activities that might be interesting to them. Don’t assume their interests or abilities are exactly the same as they once were. Instead, consider the tips below.

· A good start is to identify activities the person was once passionate about. Then look for ways he or she may continue to take part in these pursuits, even if it’s in more pared-down fashion.

· Allow yourself to think outside the box! Check out advice on types of exercise that may be appropriate, how to create a memory box and how to prepare for long care trips.

· Try not to ask for permission —don’t give your loved one the opportunity to say no, but rather frame the activity as something you hope they would do with you. Instead of forcing an activity, simply begin it with enthusiasm and see if he or she will go along with you. This person may at first refuse to do something, not because of a lack of interest, but because of an inability to process your idea. Opening the door to something—and making it really easy for the person to join in—may yield better results.

· A great resource is Virginia Bell and David Troxel’s book, A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. This is a wonderful guide, full of insights and helpful advice.

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