Activity-Planning Tips for Dementia Caregivers

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When planning activities for an aging loved one with dementia, you’ll need to consider a few things. If the activity isn’t planned well, an enjoyable outing may turn into a negative experience for both you and your loved one. To ensure enjoyable outings, consider the following activity-planning tips.

Monitor Mood

Seniors with dementia may experience mood swings and display aggressive behavior. If you’re planning a spontaneous same-day activity, monitor your loved one’s mood. If he or she is displaying negative behaviors or being uncooperative when dressing, bathing, or eating, schedule the activity for another time. Negative behaviors may mean your loved one is ill, and if he or she is unable to verbalize important needs, acting out may occur. If you take your loved one out in spite of the undesirable behavior, he or she may become aggressive with you, cause self-harm, or even become aggressive with a stranger or an employee in a restaurant, movie theater, or senior center.

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Consider Favorite Activities

If your loved one enjoyed a certain activity before becoming cognitively impaired, chances are he or she will still enjoy it now. When planning your next activity, consider hobbies your loved one enjoyed prior to developing cognitive decline. While your loved one may no longer be able to participate in favorite activities, such as horseback riding or playing contact sports, he or she may still enjoy visiting the library, seeing a musical, or dining out at a favorite restaurant.

Ask for Help

You may avoid planning activities with your loved one because you’re unable to manage the outings on your own. Ask friends or family members to join you. This way, if you need help with a challenging situation, you won’t be alone. Your loved one may also enjoy the extra company. If there are no family or friends to count on, consider hiring a part-time caregiver or companion to help you when you take your loved one out.

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Don’t Forget Medications

People with dementia sometimes behave unpredictably, and you’ll need to make sure your loved one takes all of his or her prescribed medications. Many seniors who have dementia take psychotropic medications to manage mood swings and aggressive behavior. The medications typically work very well, but if even a single dose is missed, your loved one may become agitated, uncooperative, anxious, or combative. While taking all prescribed medications is important, make sure your loved one isn’t too tired to enjoy the planned activity. Many medications cause side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, and exercise intolerance. If your loved one experiences these side effects after taking medications, ask the doctor if you can postpone a scheduled dose until you return home from the activity.

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