It’s normal for people to feel agitated from time to time, but for those living with dementia, agitation can be a daily occurrence. This often leads to disruptive and frustrating behavior for both the person with dementia and their caregivers. However, some activities can help reduce agitation in those living with dementia.
Let’s take a look at some activities that have been known to reduce feelings of agitation:
1. Engage in meaningful conversation
Stimulating conversation can help reduce feelings of agitation in those living with dementia. The conversation should be tailored to the person’s interests and abilities and should be interactive, rather than one-sided.
2. Participate in enjoyable activities
Engaging in activities that are enjoyable can help reduce agitation. It’s important to choose activities that are appropriate for the person’s abilities and interests.
Exercise has many benefits, including reducing agitation. A moderate amount of exercise is best, as too much can actually increase feelings of agitation.
It’s normal for people to feel agitated from time to time, but for those living with dementia, agitation can be a daily occurrence. This often leads to disruptive and frustrating behavior for both the person with dementia and their caregivers.
4. Get out in nature
Being in nature can help reduce feelings of agitation and anxiety. If possible, take walks outdoors or spend time in a garden.
5. Connect with loved ones
Spending time with loved ones can help reduce agitation by providing comfort and support. It’s important to stay connected, even if it’s just through phone calls or video chats.
If you’re caring for someone with dementia, it’s important to keep these activities in mind. Engaging in one or more of these activities can help reduce the agitation that so often accompanies dementia.
Avanti Senior Living
Avanti Senior Living’s approach to care is unmeasurable. Our innovative memory support program, Salize, is based on years of research that focuses on those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Our program helps to reduce agitation without the use of mood-stabilizing drugs. Our communities provide a supportive environment that encourages socialization, which is critical for those living with dementia. We also offer a wide range of activities and amenities that are designed to reduce agitation and promote a sense of well-being. Visit us online today to learn more about our memory support program or to find a community near you.