The rule for living healthy is simple. Give your body exercise and your mind stimulation. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, you have probably noticed that as more time passes, their senses get more and more worn out. What their mind needs when this starts happening is sensory stimulation. Remaining engaged with the outside world is highly beneficial for people with dementia. Most people believe that to do this for their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s means hiring professional help. While this is true in some cases, you would be surprised by how many easy ways there are to stimulate Alzheimer’s patients.
Sensory Information in Disarray
In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease will weaken your senses. The first sense that gets worn down is the sense of smell. Issues with the sense of smell will be the first indicator that you or your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. The next two senses that go down with time in Alzheimer’s patients are taste and touch. In some cases, patients won’t even be able to recognize severe pain and high or low temperatures.
Some Alzheimer’s patients will start having issues with their eyesight and hearing, to the extent where they won’t be able to interpret what they see or hear. With time, the days of Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients will turn into disorientation, confusion, agitation, overstimulation, and the inability to recognize familiar things.
Alzheimer’s Sensory Stimulation
Sensory stimulation has a positive effect on mood and behavior, according to numerous research conducted over the past years. This is one of the best ways to make Alzheimer’s patients feel better without the use of medication. While in most cases, medicines do help—and they are recommended by doctors—you can do wonders for the health of dementia patients with the use of ordinary objects to engage their senses.
Those who practice this type of work with Alzheimer’s patients recommend the use of a specific object that will allow patients to focus on the particular sense. For example, you can use flowers for the sense of smell or smooth wooden grain for the sense of touch. Doctors suggest that the object used shouldn’t be from the patient’s environment.
Activities to Stimulate Alzheimer’s Patients
Our senses can be stimulated in different ways. Because of this, it is not hard to find activities that could encourage dementia patients. If you can’t find any, don’t worry. We are here to do that for you. Bellow, we have suggestions that could point you in the right direction.
- Botanic garden
Be creative. Nothing can stimulate dementia patients like art can. Among other things, we would like to single out knitting and painting, but there are many others things you can do to stimulate Alzheimer’s patients.
Pay a visit to a botanic garden. Places like botanic gardens provide stimulants to both senses of smell and vision, as it offers scenery filled with flowers and various colors.
Engage in cooking with your loved one. While preparing the food, both you and your Alzheimer’s patient will experience contact with a multitude of sights, textures, and tastes. In order to avoid stress, you should cook dishes that are based on simple recipes.
Enjoy books or newspapers with your loved one. You should always read out loud to them. By doing this, you will stimulate their hearing and memory through reading and conversation.
Play games. The best games you can try out are those that include pieces made in different shapes and various colors.
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