What does it mean to ‘live life to the fullest?’ That often means many different things to a wide range of people. To some, it means exploring. For others, it’s about adventure, or about raising children and having a family. Everyone defines this differently, and when somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it may be easy to jump the gun and assume the best years of their life are well behind them and that what they need now is protection, especially from themselves.
For somebody with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to stay active.
Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia and while there is no cure for it, it doesn’t mean that person’s life has come to an end. It means they will face a number of complications, memory loss will become more significant, and they will likely need a significant level of care in the future, but they can still live and enjoy life as much as they can right now.
How can somebody with Alzheimer’s live life to the fullest?
One of the most important first steps in achieving this is to have their family, their closest support system, understand the things they may wish to do. There might very well be things an elderly person can no longer even consider doing within reason, but those things that are reasonable, such as traveling, visiting an art gallery, reconnecting with old friends, and more can all be beneficial.
Encouraging new adventures can pay dividends in the years ahead.
There are going to be moments when memory loss begins to impact daily life. It may already be affecting daily life, but usually on a much smaller scale, such as using the wrong word in conversations, forgetting conversations they had, missing appointments, and even getting confused about prescription medications.
Taking on a new form of art, learning to play a musical instrument, sitting down to write a journal, exploring a memoir, and much more can all be extremely beneficial for the future. That’s because the more mental stimulation a person gets, even the more physical activity they can enjoy that increases oxygen to the brain and other parts of body, it may help to delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for a while.
When a person is able to pursue things that are of interest to them, that they enjoy, and that really give them mental stimulation, when they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s these activities can help them maintain a higher quality of life and feel as though they are living life to the fullest.
For Alzheimer’s care in Woolwich Township, NJ, and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.