As the saying goes, “new year, new you.” We celebrate the new year because it gives us a mile marker…a point in time in our lives to look back at the past twelve months and look forward to the next twelve. It’s also usually a time to anticipate change. For seniors receiving Alzheimers care, change can be a very scary word. Thankfully, NuevaCare’s San Mateo caregivers can help seniors cope with their fears.
Change isn’t a bad word: Helping San Mateo seniors with Alzheimers care needsYes, change in life is inevitable. Some changes are good, while others not so much. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease will likely face changes in memory retention, mood, communication / speech and even experience difficulty in completing normal daily tasks. This can be frustrating for your loved one as well as for family members.
Caregivers can walk alongside San Mateo seniors during this difficult time. They also can help seniors feel like they have some control by setting a daily schedule and then sticking to it. Your senior’s Alzheimers care provider can come at the same time each scheduled day and then follow a set routine with your senior, such as dressing and grooming, then doing light housekeeping and meal preparation followed by a scheduled block of time for companionship with your senior. This could include playing board games or other memory-stimulating activities such as scrapbooking, painting, reading aloud and more.
In addition, Alzheimers care providers can encourage positive change to offset the negative changes (due to the disease) that your senior faces. Some positive, encouraging changes include volunteering at a local charity, redecorating a room of your senior’s home, planting a vegetable or flower garden etc.
Exercise is a great way to relieve stress caused by fear or avoidance of change. A NuevaCare Alzheimers care provider can help your senior by offering transportation assistance to and from a Physical Therapist, local San Mateo park or a senior center.