Connectivities Blog

Knowing When it Might be Time to Move

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:

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Tips for Getting a Loved One Away from the TV

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:

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Engagement with Connectivities

Every human wants to feel connected to the people around them and it’s no different for
someone living with dementia. Connections can become difficult to make as the person living
with dementia changes and their disease progresses. Even brief moments of connection can
play a significant role in how the rest of the day goes for both the person living with dementia
and their care partner.

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How to Calm Someone Living with Dementia

One of the most difficult things to handle when caring for a loved one living with dementia is agitation. It is pretty common for someone living with dementia to escalate in their feelings of frustration and become agitated. A proactive approach is the best way to start, but sometimes this doesn’t work and the caregiver needs to redirect or intervene during a period of agitation.

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