5 Easily Avoidable Alzheimer’s Triggers

Encouraging an individual with Alzheimer’s to stay hydrated can help him or her have a good day.

While there are particular commonalities, Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently. Our highly trained dementia caregivers know, for example, that while one individual may take pleasure in being outside, someone else might be overloaded by so much sensory input and prefer a tranquil indoor environment. Someone may love a morning bath routine, while a measure of resourcefulness is necessary to help a different person manage good hygiene.

We also know that there are certain triggers that will often worsen the challenging elements of Alzheimer’s disease. Family care providers should be especially mindful to avoid the following:

  1. Individuals diagnosed with dementia may not be in a position to recognize when they are thirsty, or may refuse when provided fluids. It is important to ensure proper hydration to stop further confusion and weakness. Plain water is most beneficial, but if refused, try flavored waters. Another solution could be in trying a variety of different types of cups.
  2. Those diagnosed with dementia suffer from loneliness as much as anyone else. Without having adequate social stimulation, they can become increasingly agitated or paranoid. An expert caregiver, like the caregivers at JFS Care, who is thoroughly trained in dementia care, can provide suitable socialization, giving members of the family a much-needed break from care.
  3. It’s common for those with Alzheimer’s disease to have an increased craving for cookies, cake, and other sugary snacks, but an excess of sugar may also produce greater irritability. Try offering a number of healthier choices, like fruit, yogurt, or sugar-free goodies.
  4. Sleeping pills. With the challenges of common sleep problems such as sundowning, it is often tempting for family members to offer sleeping pills to a loved one with Alzheimer’s to promote a more restful night. Yet these drugs raise the risk of falls and other accidents and add to fogginess and confusion. Discuss the issue with the individual’s physician and look for an all-natural, sleep-inducing option.
  5. Be aware of what is on television; shows that contain crime, violence, and even the nightly news can instill worry and paranoia in those diagnosed with dementia. It may be a good idea to leave the TV off and engage your senior loved one in alternate activities, such as games, puzzles, reading together, exercising, and reminiscing – or select films you have thoroughly reviewed to ensure content is appropriate.

Each member of our home health agency in Los Angeles, CA team is fully trained and experienced in providing person-centered, compassionate care to effectively manage the difficulties inherent with Alzheimer’s, and to boost quality of life. Call us at (213) 383-2273 for further dementia care tips, and for an in-home consultation with the most trusted home health agency in Los Angeles, CA.  Discover how our specialized in-home Alzheimer’s care can make life brighter for your loved one. Our services are available throughout Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding communities. Please see our full service area.