TMT-Alzheimer's Blog

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be challenging, but there are several strategies you can use to help calm them:

Remain Calm Yourself

Your own demeanor can have a significant impact on the person with Alzheimer’s. Speak slowly and calmly, and try to maintain a relaxed posture.

Use a Gentle Touch

Sometimes, a gentle touch can provide comfort and reassurance. Hold their hand or give them a hug if they’re comfortable with it.

Maintain a Routine

Establishing a predictable routine can help reduce anxiety and confusion. Stick to regular meal times, bedtime routines, and activities as much as possible.

Create a Calm Environment

Minimize noise, distractions, and clutter in the environment. Keep the lighting soft and comfortable, and remove any potential safety hazards.

Validate Their Feelings

Acknowledge the person’s feelings and reassure them that you’re there to help. Avoid arguing or contradicting them if they say something that doesn’t make sense.

Redirect Their Attention

If the person becomes agitated or upset, try redirecting their attention to a different activity or topic of conversation. Offer them a snack, play some soothing music, or engage them in a simple task.

Use Simple, Clear Communication

Speak in short, simple sentences, and use a gentle tone of voice. Avoid using complex language or asking too many questions at once.

Offer Comforting Activities

Engage the person in activities that they enjoy and find comforting, such as listening to music, looking at old photographs, or doing a simple puzzle.

Monitor Their Physical Comfort

Make sure the person is comfortable and not in any pain. Offer them a glass of water, adjust their clothing if needed, and ensure they have access to any mobility aids they require.

Seek Professional Help if Needed

If the person’s agitation or anxiety persists despite your efforts, or if they are displaying signs of distress or discomfort, don’t hesitate to seek help from a healthcare professional or caregiver experienced in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients.

Remember that every person with Alzheimer’s is unique.

This is why  it may take some trial and error to find out what strategies work best for calming them in particular situations. Patience, empathy, and understanding are key.

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