Caring For A Person With Early Stages Of Dementia
Taking care of someone who is going through the early stages of dementia can be tough. Even though at this point the condition hasn’t reached its worst possible level. When we are looking after someone with dementia, there’s both a psychological and a physical side to our own health we need to maintain.
Here, we go over some of the ways in which the progression of dementia may be slowed. We’ll also take a look at how we as carers can take care of ourselves. And finally, we will set out some of the “dos” for the early stages of dementia.
Slow the progression of dementia
Although unfortunately we cannot fully halt dementia from progressing, there are a few things we can do to slow down this process.
If you’re caring for someone who is in the early stages of dementia, now is an excellent time to start implementing some lifestyle changes. Some of the things which you can address at home are:
- Exercise – regular, moderate exercise is really beneficial. And it’s fun. Try a walk around the block, or a trip to the local gardens.
- Diet – organize healthful, balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Heart-healthy habits – now is a great time to kick any bad habits to the curb. Smoking, drinking, and high-cholesterol intakes should be limited or stopped entirely.
- Mental exercises – thing such as puzzles and crosswords are a great way to keep minds sharp and focused.
Socialize – getting out and about will do wonders for an individual in the early stages of dementia. Seeing friends and family is not only fun, it also promotes cognitive function.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too
There is no shame in admitting that taking care of someone with dementia is wearying at times. Because of this, you need to keep yourself on top form and make sure that your own body is being looked after.
In addition to this, you should try to take regular breaks. You can enlist the help of another friend or family member while you take a day off. You can also look into adult day care, a fantastic option when the sole burden of care has fallen on you. Even 5 hours off will make all the difference to you.
Dos for the early stages of dementia
- Do get the person you’re caring for out and about, socializing and visiting friends and family.
- Do try to make lifestyle adjustments as and when needed. Poor eating and sleeping habits may encourage the progression of the disease.
- Do remember to look after yourself as well. A tired and worn caregiver can’t offer as much in term of support. Plus, remember that you’re important too!
Here at Fairview Adult Day Care in Brooklyn we know exactly how to provide the perfect care for our residents with dementia. We prioritize fitness, fun, and good food in an environment that is clean, neat, and enjoyable to be in.
If you are looking after someone in the early stages of dementia, get in touch with us to find out how we can help share your work load.