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Three Simple Strategies to Redirect Someone with Alzheimer’s

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Witnessing a person dealing with dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, is not easy. When it’s a family member, such as a parent, it can feel devastating. You see them struggling with their memory, being overcome with emotion, crying for no apparent reason, and expressing extreme fear and anxiety.

Alzheimer's Care Westwood MA

Alzheimer’s Care Westwood MA

These things can tear at the emotional heartstrings of even the hardest individual.

Some of this can easily be thwarted through basic redirection. Here are a few ideas, simple strategies, if you will, that may help somebody with Alzheimer’s be redirected. This redirection can help them stay on task, avoid extra stress and anxiety, and provide a smoother transition, when necessary.

Simple Strategy #1: Ask about jewelry.

For women, jewelry may be a great conversation topic. If the woman is wearing earrings, a necklace, or even a bracelet, and they become agitated, confused, upset, or anxious in any way, by asking questions about the jewelry she is wearing, it can be a great distraction.

This can help redirect her away from whatever thoughts she had at that moment. She won’t even realize she is being redirected.

Simple Strategy #2: Bring up an important topic for them.

Maybe something important such as a family member they haven’t seen in a while. It could be a son or daughter or someone else.

Perhaps she was asking about this individual recently, and even though she may not remember the conversation or the questions, this redirection could be a great way to help that senior feel more comfortable at a particular moment.

Talking about something, some topic, that is important to the senior can be a great strategy for redirection.

Simple Strategy #3: Point something out.

This may seem trite and even immature at times, but suddenly pointing something out across the room, in the distance, or wherever else it happens to be is a great redirection strategy for somebody dealing with Alzheimer’s.

It doesn’t take much to redirect somebody who may be focused on something sad, confusing, frustrating, or anxious. However, that simple redirection by pointing out an object or an individual on the other end of the hall or building changes their focus.

That change of focus keeps him from thinking about things that have been causing them too much stress and anxiety at that present time. Remember, though, that it won’t be an end all strategy; the senior may be confused, anxious, or fearful before long, but that redirection may be enough to keep their thoughts away from whatever was causing them to stress for a while.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to help with Alzheimer’s care in Westwood, MA, please contact the caring staff at Care Resolutions. Helping Hands, Happy Hearts. Specializing in Quality Care in Eastern Massachusetts. Call Us! (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.

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