If you have a friend or loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, you understand the daily challenges they face. For some, they may be unable to complete their normal activities of daily living. Others may have progressed further in the disease and be non-communicative.
Depending on a patient’s stage of the disease and needs, certain products can be helpful for their care and comfort. The following are a few of the best products for people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
1. Therapy Dolls & Pets
Therapy dolls and pets can help ease anxiety, bring joy, and increase positive behaviors for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Therapy dolls can bring back happy memories of early parenthood and make seniors feel needed or useful. In the same way, a therapy cat or dog offers a soft, cuddly pet with movements and sounds of a real animal. These products may not work for all patients and should not be forced, but some patients resulted in more positive behaviors and communication.
2. Music Therapy
Many seniors respond positively to music, especially music from their generation. Downloading playlists of their favorite music to devices or customizable musical therapy bears can offer more ways to engage patients and be more alert and present through the power of music.
3. Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are effective in calming the mind and helping those with Alzheimer’s and dementia relax. They can be used as a blanket when they sleep, a wrap around their shoulders, or a lap blanket while sitting in a chair. These soft and weighted blankets can also help with symptoms of restless leg syndrome, feelings of anxiety or panic, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The weighted feeling offers the sensation of getting a “hug” and calms periods of confusion or stress.
Weights in blankets may vary. Generally, the weight should be 10% of the body weight of the user.
4. Picture Phone
A picture phone can help those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or vision loss stay connected with family and friends. To make a call, the user simply selects the photo of the person they want to call then press PhotoCall. The phones are easy to program and include a one-touch emergency button.
5. Games & Puzzles
Games and puzzles are a great way to engage elderly patients through mental challenges, banter, and conversation. Games can stimulate feelings and emotions or offer a puzzle challenge to keep patients busy while promoting brain stimulation.
6. Security Systems and Door Alarms
Patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia often wander away without someone knowing. If you care for a family member in your home, door alarms are important for their safety and security. Several systems are available ranging from home security systems to remotely controlled sensors depending on your home and security needs.
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