If your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, he or she could be experiencing a variety of different symptoms. An important part of providing high-quality Perth home care is finding ways to boost your loved one’s emotional and mental health, which can be helped by alleviating some of these common symptoms.

Memory Loss

Your loved one may forget conversations that have just taken place, misplace items within the home, forget the names of family and friends, or continually repeat questions and statements. Regular exercise can stimulate your loved one’s brain, helping it maintain old connections and make new ones. Exercise keeps the blood flowing, which helps increase chemicals that are necessary to protect the brain, and it can also control the natural reduction in brain connections that occur as a result of ageing. If you want to help your loved one slow down the progression of memory loss, you should encourage him or her to exercise several times a week, for at least 30 minutes per session.

Stress

Stress can cause the prefrontal cortex of the brain to shrink, which can hamper nerve cell growth and cause Alzheimer’s to progress. Stress also causes seniors with Alzheimer’s to feel disoriented and irritable. However, there are simple ways to help your loved one manage stress and minimize the harmful effects it can have on his or her brain. You can schedule daily relaxation activities for your loved one such as walks through the park, yoga, a soothing bath, or time with a pet. Suggest fun activities and always encourage your loved one to have a sense of humor. Laughing can help a senior’s body fight off stress.

Social Withdrawal

The more social your loved one is, the more his or her memory and cognition may be stimulated. Social withdrawal could lead to further symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and mood swings. Your loved one does not have to be a social butterfly, but regular socialisation can benefit the brain and help alleviate some of his or her Alzheimer’s symptoms. Some simple ways your loved one can remain social are:

• Joining social groups and online social networks

• Volunteering

• Connecting with family members via chat, Skype, FaceTime, etc.

• Visits to museums, parks, and other public places

Insomnia

Deep sleep is necessary for memory formation, which is why you want to do everything you can to ensure your loved one is not deprived of sleep. Some of the symptoms your loved one may experience due to lack of sleep include wandering, mood swings, irritability, delusions, and aggressiveness. However, you can help your loved one prevent insomnia when he or she is receiving Perth Alzheimer’s care by:

• Establishing a regular sleeping schedule—a senior’s brain will respond better to regularity

• Limiting nap times to 30 minutes

• Reading to your loved one when he or she is restless or wakes up in the middle of the night

As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s progresses, it may become challenging to provide the care he or she needs and deserves. A professionally trained caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. We train all of our caregivers in our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to promote mental wellness for seniors with memory-related conditions. In addition to our specialised care for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, we also offer post-stroke and Parkinson’s care in Perth. For more information on our aged care services, please call one of our qualified Care Managers at [hca_phone] to schedule a free consultation.