There are some studies indicating mental stimulation could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s, at least for a few weeks or possibly even a couple of months (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). There are numerous types of mental stimulation people can engage in, including reading, writing, doing the crossword puzzle, and even playing strategic thinking games.
Getting in the habit of playing a game nightly could be extremely beneficial.
A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel, at least in the beginning, as though there’s no real hope. After all there’s no cure for the disease at the moment and the average life expectancy is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association). As they come to terms with this diagnosis, they start to realize there’s still a lot of life left to live and enjoy, as long as they focus on things in the proper manner.
They might still be living with their spouse, but they might also have family and friends willing to stop by and visit. This can be a great asset because the senior is not alone most of their day. If they are alone most of the time, home care providers can be a great alternative. In fact, experienced home care aides could provide a better foundation for support and care for seniors with Alzheimer’s than even the closest family members who have never witnessed the various signs and symptoms of the disease.
What about that nightly game?
While mental stimulation is a great thing to focus on that could provide benefits in the years ahead, routine is something else that also pays dividends. When the disease progresses, it is going to steal more and more memory away from the senior. That means he or she may suddenly be confused about where they are, what they were doing, and that can cause frustration and anxiety.
If they can’t get a handle on things, it could lead to physical or verbal aggression. It may not be directed at anybody in particular, but it could be a safety concern.
When a person in this type of situation can gently be guided into a routine they have done over and over again through the years, it can offer comfort, helping them step back away from the precipice of anxiety and aggression.
By developing a habit of playing games nightly, doing the same things every single day, every single evening, and limiting just how many ‘responsibilities’ they have to take care of during those evening hours, it can boost comfort, reduce stress and anxiety, and be an asset for them in the years to come.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional Alzheimer’s care in Manassas, VA, please contact the caring staff at LivinRite Home Care. Call Us Today at (703) 369-6677. Serving Northern Virginia, The Valley, and Surrounding Communities.
Julie McCormick and Brendan McCormick are co-owners and founders of livinrite home health and Caregiving solutions. Between the two of them comes over 15 years of Home Health care experience. Julie is a RN with years of experience in the ER/ICU and still operates
today as the director of nursing at LivinRite.
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