If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, it can severely strain your relationship. However, doing activities together that are cognitively and physically stimulating will likely increase your loved one’s enjoyment of life and decrease disruptive behavior. These Alzheimer’s activities may even slow the progression of the disease. The following is a short list of suggestions to try at home today.
Music can be a valuable tool to help you and your loved one cope with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies indicate that participating in musical activities may increase dopamine levels and increase cognitive function, which may mean that the disease will progress more slowly and your loved one’s mood will be enhanced.
According to a recent survey performed in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease appears to be the most prevalent form of dementia in the country. Before the disease is clinically evident, it presents symptoms around 15 to 20 years prior. A major component of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the abnormal deposition of protein pieces in the brain known as beta-amyloid.
Caregiving fosters and encourages love and compassion. It creates a stronger, more essential bond between the giver and the receiver. Challenges, however, are ever-present and when left unaddressed may even damage this bond. Pressure may build up inside us with all our frustrations bottled in. This is where other people can come to our rescue.