Thursday, November 23, 2017

Promoting independence for those living with dementia

  Regardless the task, there are ways to support independence with a person’s participation in their own daily life. By encouraging independence, the person's ability to function will increase, as well as their confidence. Strategies that can support or maintain independence in people with dementia can also lower the level of stress experienced by the caregiver.

  • Encouraging physical activity and maintaining flexibility and strength helps  individuals to continue their daily tasks longer. Encourage some form of physical activity on a daily basis, such as going for a walk around the neighborhood or doing some simple stretches.
  • Identify the daily life skills that the person can still do on their own, even if it takes a little longer For example: If they are able to put on their shoes but cannot tie the laces, consider changing to slip-on shoes or ones with Velcro.
  • Mealtime always presents opportunities to ask the person to help with a part of the task, such as washing vegetables or setting the table. Remember that some days are better than others. If the person has difficultly completing a particular task, perhaps they can try again on another day.
  • Recognize and celebrate the things that can still do!!

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