Dementia is one of the main reasons why the elderly are more withdrawn from participating in activities and hanging out with family and friends. To make matters worse, there have been numerous cases wherein older adults in our community wither away in despair because of such withdrawal.
People with dementia commonly suffer Alzheimer’s disease as this condition is known to be one of the most familiar forms of dementia. This disease destroys a person’s way of acting, and ability to remember and think. Although memory loss is common for the elderly, the worse problem about this disease is that it gets worst as time passes by.
When caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s, caregivers need to engage these people in activities that will bring them fun and pleasure. Here in Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, we encourage our residents to explore a wide variety of these activities to keep them happy and to increase their quality of life.
According to www.alzheimers.net, once you help connect a patient in a routine, an activity or a hobby, it can help him or her:
- Remember memories
- Cultivate emotional connections with other people
- Promote expression of one’s self
- Minimize the worry and petulance brought about by the disease
- Become more engaged in his or her life
We give our residents an access and opportunities to try different activities such as:
Holding conversation with someone tickles one’s mind. Being in an assisted living home care allows our residents to connect with other seniors who have the same predicament as theirs. It gives them the opportunity to share their experiences, their life and even an activity together with a fellow resident.
- Reminiscing the past
When a person remembers his or her past, it brings about various changes and benefits in their life. Even www.healthcentral.com considers this activity as a powerful “drug” for those people with dementia. Aside from this, it is a powerful and an effective tool if you want to reach out to a person who has dementia.
- Table games
Tables games such as chess, scrabble, cards, and many more promotes thinking as the players encourage their minds to function to achieve a certain goal – to win the game. What is even promising about this is that seniors do not have to harm themselves and strain their bodies in order to have fun.
This can benefit seniors who have been into arts and craft before. Not only will this give joy to an artistic elderly but also refresh his or her memory, especially the fun the elderly experiences as he or she gets to create something.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to combat the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Pumping oxygen into your brain allows your nervous system to perform at its finest and it strengthens your hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory.
- Music therapy
Research shows that an Alzheimer’s patient can benefit from music therapy. To learn more about the advantages of this therapy, read our blog entitled “Do you Know that Music Positively Affects Senior’s Health?”
- Special entertainment
We all know that living with Alzheimer’s sucks. It can crush your hopes and dreams of a sound and happy retirement. That is why our patients here in Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care deserve a special entertainment. This is one of the many ways on how we can aid these seniors in coping with their condition.
- Family events and celebrations
One misconception of an assisted living facility is that patients may think that it rips them apart from their family. We, here at Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, beg to differ as we give our residents an opportunity to celebrate special moments with their family members any time of the year.
- And much more to mention!
As an Assisted Living Home Care in Houston Texas, Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care is committed to give patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia a high quality of life. For more inquiries about our services, call 713-933-7557 or you can visit us through our website at www.apexoaks.com.