Posted on Mar 18, 2015
Spring is practically here, and as the trees begin to blossom, and the sun shines brighter and longer during the day, it is important to remember what these changes can also mean for your senior.
As we know, those with Alzheimer’s and dementia rely heavily on routine and consistency when it comes to care and comfort. While to most, the change in seasons is an exciting time, it is important to remember that the change can cause confusion and anxiety for your senior unless you take the necessary steps to help them make the transition as smooth as possible.
We know that many seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia have a harder time in the evenings as they become tired, more irritable, and thus more susceptible to suffering some of the symptoms of the disease. Try providing relaxing, winding down activities in the evenings while the sun is still setting to help them continue to prepare for bed as usual, but to also keep them slightly active and moving around to ease into the time change transition. A small snack in the evening might also be beneficial.
You might also try taking them outside to enjoy the nicer weather with a hike around Mount Diablo Park if they are up to it, or simply on a stroll down Park Street in Alameda. It is noted that seniors suffer great amounts of cabin fever during the long winter months, feeling lonely, isolated, and deprived of outside stimulation. The stimulation of the outdoors will especially help senior with dementia, giving them plenty to take in and offers a great change of scenery.
It could also be helpful to speak to your senior every morning as they are getting ready about the changing season, and make special note to the change of weather. Since they may have become so set in a routine during the winter months, it is a nice subtle reminder for them that as the seasons change, so too must their clothes to reflect the weather.
If you or your senior are looking for companionship this spring, Senior Helpers of Moraga offers caregivers of all types to do an array of activities with your senior, offering you peace of mind as well as a relief for yourself from providing care. To see the full list of the services we provide, visit our website, or call our office at (925)376-8000.