Planning of structured, individualized activities that involve and concern the person with Alzheimer’s disease can reduce many of the disturbing behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that diverge from the normal, such as mental and behavioral differentiation, anger, frustration, depression or absent-mindedness. Health professionals working with Alzheimer patients say that healing activities should focus on one’s previous interests, draw attention to one’s old and recent memories, and utilize the remaining skills while minimizing the impact of potentially dangerous skills.
Successful activities support the person’s sense of self-development, revealing their talents, memories, and habits, and strengthen one’s sense of being in a group that can provide friendship, mutual support, and spiritual loyalty. The number of activities can be beneficial depending on the individual, and different activities can affect some symptoms, but not in all patients. For example, music therapy may improve eating in some people, but not in others. One’s old hobby or interest may be gardening, cooking, painting, drawing, singing, playing musical instruments or listening to music, etc.. Routine is required. Activities that are done regularly, even at the same time every day, if possible, can help create a routine and increase a person’s sense of stability.
A happy life in villages
Alzheimer or dementia patients can live happily with the environmental advantages of village life away from security risks, noise, confusion, crowd, air pollution, and with many things to experience. Some of the healing activities shown in research studies in order to reduce some behaviors that are problematic in Alzheimer patients are as follows: listening to one’s chosen songs, providing one-to-one interaction, playing family members’ videotapes or looking at photo albums, walking and light exercise, pet therapy…
Various programs that combine various healing activities have also been shown to give positive results in people with Alzheimer’s disease. These include structured sessions called mind-over-body techniques designed to calm and soothe, combining the image of relaxation, emotional awareness, and guidance, such as versatile music, exercise, crafts, meditation.
Be informed about beneficial events
Your doctor, nurse, or social worker can help you determine which types of activities might be the best and guide you to community resources that can help you. Medical centers or health care providers serving Alzheimer’s patients, such as adult care centers or home health care networks, can support or learn about programs in the region.
Uniting with nature is a therapy for Alzheimer patients
A useful form of treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease is dealing with nature and gardening. Gardening, which helps people stay connected with nature, benefits many people who are sick or recovering from diseases. These are used in health care facilities to help save people from diseases. For people with Alzheimer’s disease who are physically rehabilitated and live in private nursing homes or living at home, dealing with gardening is almost like a therapy.
Research shows that accessing nature physically and visually helps people get rid of diseases more quickly, reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. Spending time outdoors helps a person maintain sleep/wake cycle rhythms. The natural absorption of vitamin D when exposed to sunlight for short periods of time is also important for maintaining the strength of the bones.
Access to outdoor environments in specially designed gardens can benefit a person’s physical, social, psychological and mental health. A pleasant garden can enable a patient to exercise through normal activities such as planting, weeding, walking and bending. You can also continue most of the outdoor activities at home.
For example, accessing a greenfield is a good activity for patients playing golf all their life. Adding playground equipment for the garden will allow visitors to do something during their visit. These are elements of a garden that help one stay connected with the world around. Therefore, anyone who uses the garden will benefit.
Gardening and bird watching are very popular activities for people of all ages. Watching a magnificent sunset, smelling the fragrance of the linden tree and listening to the sound of water are great ways to stimulate the senses positively. These activities are very important because they help a person stay connected with the world around them. It is important that a person with Alzheimer’s disease can continue to enjoy outdoor activities throughout his life. However, it is very important that these outdoor activities are safe and secure.
DR. SİNAN İBİŞ