A common challenge we hear from families caring for loved ones with dementia is that they can’t get them to do anything other than watch TV. In our experience, this situation really comes down to the person wanting to maintain control.
If the person says no to every suggestion, there is no risk involved, even though they might actually enjoy doing something else. It is hard to lure them away from what is safe and known, even if we know that safe and known thing isn’t good for them.
Here are some ways to help your person feel safe and in control, and move them into an alternate activity:
Every person needs to participate in a variety of activities. Things that give them a feeling of purpose, fun, relaxation and more.
As a care partner, when you are open to the unknown, and let go of expectations, you may feel less overwhelmed and even more positive about the way you are caring for your loved one.
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