6 Tips for Boosting Quality of Life for Aging Adults with Dementia

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

Being diagnosed with dementia doesn’t prevent seniors from living fun and productive lives. Staying physically and socially active in the early stages of dementia can lead to greater happiness and satisfaction even as the condition progresses. If you have a senior loved one who is living with dementia, here are a few ways to boost his or her quality of life.

1. Maintain a Positive Environment

Dementia changes the way adults interpret their environment. The inability to remember certain things, people, and places can lead to stress and disorientation for seniors with dementia, and they often rely more on the cues from the environment. When seniors live in positive spaces, they can experience more personal control and a better quality of life. 

Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. Rhode Island seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to promote cognitive health and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance.

2. Provide Purposeful Activities

  • The social and physical activities seniors with dementia participate in can help them reestablish old roles, increase self-esteem, and enhance quality of life. Instead of worrying about how the disease will progress and affect cognitive abilities, your loved one can enjoy fun activities that enhance various functions and lower stress levels. Person-centered activities have the best effect on a senior’s wellbeing. Such activities include:

    • Cooking
    • Doing arts and crafts 
    • Listening to music
    • Working in a garden
    • Cycling
    • Walking

3. Offer Assurance

Living with dementia can be worrisome for seniors and lead to a poor quality of life. Reassure your parent that you’ll be there for him or her even when times become difficult. Assurance can keep seniors with dementia calm, prevent wandering, and regulate their moods and behavior. In addition to words, you can assure your loved one with a simple pat on the back, by holding his or her hand, or with positive facial expressions. 

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging, but compassionate help is available. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care Rhode Island families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

4. Be Respectful

As the condition progresses, seniors with dementia may become vulnerable and doubtful, which is why family caregivers need to remain respectful. Maintaining dignity could help your loved one retain a sense of identity and increase his or her self-worth. Some of the ways to show respect are to allow your loved one to make choices regarding his or her care, refrain from entering his or her personal space, and avoid rude responses.

5. Encourage Independence

Living with dementia doesn’t instantly remove your loved one’s abilities. There are still daily tasks and activities he or she can do without any assistance. Although you should monitor your loved one’s safety and prevent accidents and injuries, you should also encourage him or her to do as much as possible independently. Maintaining independence boosts quality of life, and it could also slow the progression of the condition.

6. Consider Pet Therapy

Becoming a pet owner could give your loved one the companionship he or she needs while managing the challenges of dementia. If you don’t want your loved one to take on the responsibility of owning a pet, he or she can volunteer at a local animal shelter. Regardless of how your loved one interacts with the animals, cats and dogs can provide social engagement and boost quality of life. The animals can keep your loved one calm and engaged and provide a sense of purpose.

Highly trained caregivers with experience in caring for seniors with dementia can be a fantastic resource for family members. Families looking for top-rated Rhode Island elder care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at (401) 284-0979 to learn about our high-quality in-home dementia care services.