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Structure and routine creates benefits for both an in-home caregiver and their loved one with dementia.
“If the person with dementia is enjoying the comfort, safety and security provided by a predictable routine, the caregiver is making their job easier by avoiding the behavior challenges that come from unexpected events or erratic schedules,” M. Barbara Betts Swartz, a Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) said. “Routine for the person with dementia also allows for predictable periods of time the caregiver can use at his or her discretion.”
There are also medical reasons that structure and routine can help the person living with dementia.
“As dementia progresses in a person, the world they experience becomes less and less familiar and increasingly uncomfortable,” Betts Swartz explained. “Due to brain changes with the disease, a person is actually seeing and hearing a different world. Familiarity and routine become very important to the person with dementia. The rhythm of the day and the consistency of that rhythm becomes highly valued, and in some cases, critical.”
This can be the structure of the day or the layout of the living room.
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Homewatch CareGivers of Charlotte brings you this important event from the Alzheimer’s Association:
For most of us, time passes all too quickly. Minutes, hours, days fly by in a flash – with little opportunity to slow down and savor the moment. On Friday, June 21, the Alzheimer’s Association® invites you to join us and take one day to make a difference.
One day to send a message: I will not give up. I will not back down. I will defeat Alzheimer’s. One day to tell those facing the disease: You are not alone.
Register now for The Longest Day 2013, a sunrise-to-sunset event to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Together with your team, do what you love on the longest day of the year to help end Alzheimer’s.
You can swim, run, ride or walk. Organize a tennis, soccer, basketball or volleyball tournament. Are you an art aficionado? Plan a day of painting and pottery. A game enthusiast? Put your mind to the test with a round of bridge or trivia. Gather friends and family from your town, across the country or around the world and spend the day making a difference. More activity ideas.
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June Is National Safety Month
Summer is almost here and as the weather warms up, families increase their activity both indoors and out. If you are a family facing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you don’t have to stop participating in meaningful summer activities — but you should plan ahead to ensure safety and enjoyment for everyone.
Take these steps to help you prepare:
- Create a plan to meet your needs. Families who are unsure of potential safety issues should visit the Alzheimer’s Association Alzheimer’s Navigator™; an interactive online tool that asks a series of questions in order to deliver a customized action plan and links to information, support and local resources.
- Evaluate your environment. Identify possible areas of danger in the home or outdoors that could cause injury to the person living with dementia.
- Reduce the risk of wandering. Anyone who has memory problems is at risk for wandering. Even in the early stage of dementia, a person can become disoriented in a familiar place. Enroll the person with dementia in MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
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