Alzheimer’s Memory Care: 6 Tips to Help

6 Memory Care Tips

People who care for those who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia need to have patience and insight before they can become truly effective caregivers. For the benefit of both caregiver and care receiver, the memory caregiver will have an advantage when they learn to see the the memory-impaired person’s daily schedule in a different way.

Below are 6 memory care tips:

1. Reduce Stress

Stress can heighten the symptoms of most illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.

Shield the person with Alzheimer’s from these possible sources of stress:

  • A change in their routine, surroundings, or caregiver
  • Sickness
  • Tiredness
  • Too much activity in their surroundings

2. Establish and keep a routine

Keep their routines stable so their responses are automatic.

Note the following:

  • Make a schedule for the daily NJ elder care. Be sure to include enjoyable, recreational activities.
  • Set up bedtime rituals. The same activity just before bedtime promotes relaxation and better sleep.
  • Keep the same schedule as closely as possible each day.
  • Post and give copies of this schedule to any other people who may care for the person with Alzheimer’s.
  • Be specific on the schedule. For example, “John enjoys coffee and a blueberry muffin immediately after getting up in the morning, around 7:30 AM.”

3. Use reality orientation

Keep the person oriented often throughout the day.

  • For example, “Good morning, Mom. It’s Wednesday and a beautiful summer morning. Let’s have breakfast.”

4. Simplify the surroundings

  • Instead of going to a high-traffic area such as a shopping mall, go to a quiet neighborhood park.
  • After some time, illustrations may be needed to guide actions–using the picture of a toilet on the bathroom door, for example.

5. Avoid fatigue

  • Morning is generally the best time of day for elders, so plan activities accordingly. Bear in mind the need to take breaks and become re-oriented.
  • Schedule longer breaks with less of the activity, as their ability to concentrate may become impaired, even more as the disease progresses.

6. Keep expectations low

  • Each person has their own particular set of limitations. Expecting too much may create stress which leads to frustration. Alternatively, offer help when warranted and distract (reorient) when necessary in order to reduce their frustration when having New Jersey elder care.