Attributed to both Jim Goodwin and Sydney J. Harris
· Modify the environment to reduce potential stressors that can create agitation and disorientation for a person with Alzheimer’s. Noise, shadowy lighting, garish or highly contrasting colors, these seemingly small things can keep someone agitated. Soft colors, soft light, even soft music can make a big difference. Make some changes.
· If you remain calm you may find your loved one is much calmer. Try it!
· Essential oils can help create a calm environment. One of my caregivers said this approach has made a significant improvement in her loved one’s behavior. She said he smiles when she lights the oil diffuser. Buy some!
· To help prevent wandering one caregiver said by simply reassuring her husband he calms down. She said she rubs lavender essential oil, just a small amount, on the palm of his hands and massages his hands. He loves the aroma and the silky feeling of the oil. Then they both take a deep breath, listen to his favorite songs, and he calms down.
· Try and keep your cool. Look, we are only human but do the best you can stay calm because when you lose your cool your loved one can sense it and before you know it all hell breaks loose.
There are so many techniques; so many little changes that can help you and your loved one live a happier, calmer life. If you need suggestions visit one of our support groups or make an appointment with one of our dementia care specialist. Call Memory Matters at (843) 842-6688 or visit our website at www.memory-matters.org.