How to Alleviate Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients
Symptoms of Depression in the Alzheimer’s patient:
- Refusing to get dressed and take medication
- Poor appetite, even refusing to eat
- Agitation, confusion and wandering away more often
- Angry outbursts
How to Help:
- Lift the blinds, let the sun in and create a positive pleasant environment.
- Play cheerful music, preferably from the patient’s era.
- Hug and touch affectionately; tactile stimulation is important like massaging the feet.
- Use aromatherapy like lavender.
- Praise a person with Alzheimer’s to enhance self-worth. You can never give too many compliments.
- Find simple chores for the patient to do. Everyone needs to contribute!
- Inspire his or her creativity. Painting, singing, cooking, collages, no matter how small are stimulating.
- Do simple exercises together. Exercise will help alleviate anxiety.
For more information on caregiving please read my book, Changing Habits - The Caregivers' Total Workout. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show
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