Going to the 2017 Alzheimer’s Conference is one of the requirements that our hospital asks new employees. It was my first time attending one, so I had no expectations at all. Still, I thought that there would be presentations about Alzheimer’s prevention and care for the caregivers.
I was mildly surprised by the fact that the speakers talked about life after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In truth, even though I had been in the medical field for a few years now, I had never thought about it. I was aware of the struggles that the patients faced, for sure. But I did not know about how they could manage the illness. Therefore, it amazed me to know that there were a few activities that could stimulate their brains and keep them from deteriorating too much too fast.
Put Household Items In Order
One of the most natural things that Alzheimer’s patients can do is organize their belongings at home. For instance, you can stock the boxes of soap in the bathroom, line up the perfumes in the cabinet, or organize clothes according to colors or seasons. Such tasks will not exhaust them mentally, but it will help them stay busy for a few hours every day. Thus, they may not think of going out without supervision.
Give Them Books
Any aging individual, whether diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or not, need to sharpen their memory. And what is a better way to do it than to give them books and other reading materials? Make sure that reading is a part of their daily routine and that they do it for at least an hour. That’s how you can ensure that the disease’s progression won’t speed up.
It is never too late for anyone to be artistic or tap into their creative skills. There is no specific form of art that Alzheimer’s patients should try; they can pick whatever they want. E.g., painting, knitting, drawing, etc. What matters is that their brain keeps on working and that their output gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Alzheimer’s disease still has no cure at the time of writing this blog. However, the patients’ condition might change for the better if you continue encouraging them to use their cognitive skills.