Alzheimer’s disease changes how seniors interpret their environment. Names, places and people they know become unfamiliar, leading to disorientation, stress and isolation.
But creating a positive environment, conducive to a senior’s comforts and needs, can help reinforce well-being.
As the Victorian Department of Health explains, Alzheimer’s makes seniors feel more anxiety and stress, become more sensitive to their physical and social environments, and rely more on their senses for cues about what is going on around them.
If what seniors with Alzheimer’s see is familiar and routine as opposed to chaotic and disorganized, however, they are more likely to enjoy life and feel like they belong at home.
Here are some ways residences might be equipped to help seniors with Alzheimer’s live well:
Although it is not a cure, offering person-centered care and a positive environment can help lift seniors with Alzheimer’s.
If they can live in a positive, dementia-friendly environment, one that supports their health, independence and safety, seniors with Alzheimer’s will experience more personal control.
They are more likely to remain active and engage in activities familiar to them, which will help them live well for as long as possible.
Have you created a positive environment for your loved one with Alzheimer’s? We’d love to hear more about your experience in the comments below.