Spending the majority of her time in a calm environment can be incredibly helpful for your aging family member, especially if she has . The changes that the disease creates in her brain can make processing lots of information difficult and even painful. Having a calm, peaceful environment reduces the stimuli she faces.
Keep Noise Levels in Check
Noise can be a big trigger for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Loud noises or sounds that echo can be stressful. They can also be something that your elderly family member doesn’t recognize in the same way that she did in the past. Insulation, carpeting, and even white noise machines can all be helpful in managing noises in the way that your senior finds most comfortable.
Visual Noise Is Intrusive, Too
What your senior sees can be just as distracting as what she hears. Visual noise can include patterns and colors that are too bright or too distracting. By the same token, though, your senior needs contrasting colors in order to help her to spot differences between the floor and the carpet or the floor and the wall. These contrasts can help her to remain safe.
Organization Can Help
When your elderly family member can’t find things or when everything seems to be hidden, that causes stress. When she’s stressed, your senior is going to respond in unpredictable ways. Organization can be the answer you’re looking for to avoid these problems. Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s disease find it easier to see things, so labels with pictures or removing cabinet doors can be a tactic that helps.
Pay Attention to Lights, Glare, and Reflections
Lighting can create illusions or distractions for your senior, too. If there are mirrors or picture frames, make sure that you examine how lighting and glare throughout the day affect the environment. Using window treatments or even relocating some of these items can help so much. You might also want to consider adding lighting to help with issues like . At night, blackout curtains can help block out exterior lighting, although you might still want nightlights placed strategically.
Elder care providers have a great deal of experience helping caregivers to create a calm, happy environment for aging adults. They can also help you to maintain that environment and determine if other changes could help. Having the assistance of people who are experienced with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease helps immensely.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Lawrenceville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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