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Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Keep an Alzheimer's Patient Occupied

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by Logan

Caring for a patient with Alzheimer's disease can be a challenging experience due to the debilitating nature of the condition. Alzheimer's is a progressive mental disorder that eventually causes total memory loss. A patient must be protected and occupied in order to prevent injury. Since an Alzheimer's patient is also prone to wandering from safe locations, it is important to keep her busy with interesting activities.

Step 1 Create structured daily routines. Providing a schedule gives an Alzheimer's patient something to look forward to completing. It also promotes memory recall and chances for discussions. Since an Alzheimer's patient can get depressed about losing memories and autonomy, it is important to encourage consistent task accomplishments and attempts.

Step 2 Entertain the patient with colorful television shows and movies. Choose lively shows with simple story lines to keep the patient occupied. Opt for shorter programs as it may be difficult for an Alzheimer's patient to remain engaged for longer periods. Children's programming is often a suitable choice due to the program length, engaging dialogue and bright colors.

Step 3 Engage the patient with puzzles and games. Offering simple puzzles, such as crosswords and mazes, can help keep the patient occupied. Encourage an Alzheimer's patient to put together jigsaw puzzles or to play memory card games. Place more focus on having fun with the games than on winning to avoid discouraging this important cognitive activity.

Step 4 Read short stories. Choose books with colorful pictures to promote active listening. Engage the Alzheimer's patient by using voice inflection and exaggerated facial expressions when reading. Keep dialogue with the patient throughout the story by asking and answering questions about the plot and characters. If possible, ask the patient to take turns reading the story aloud. Large picture books can be a suitable choice for an Alzheimer's patient.

Step 5 Allow for group interaction. Accompany the patient to a variety of social events featuring family members, old friends and other patients. This helps the Alzheimer's patient feel connected with past memories and promotes making new friendships. Show family photos and memorabilia during these outings to encourage recall and peaceful vibes.

Step 6 Introduce friendly pets into the routine. Since an Alzheimer's patient may feel like his independence is limited, he may enjoy getting the chance to help care for an animal. Petting small animals, such as dogs and cats, can calm an Alzheimer's patient.

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