Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects memory and other mental functions, leading to confusion and difficulty in remembering things. Symptoms of this disease are mild at first, developing slowly over time to a point where they can affect one’s daily tasks. It is important to understand a few ways to make life easier while living with Alzheimer’s, since this can prove to be a difficult way to live well especially if the disease is taking a toll on you. Here are a number of tips that can help you through.
Outline a schedule for everyday tasks
Make sure you have a daily track of the things you want to do each day. A well outlined schedule helps avoid forgetting the tasks you were to accomplish on a given time, which may cause frustration. This comes in handy in attaining achieve set goals besides reducing chances of making mistakes and failing to accomplish some tasks or forgetting them altogether.
Tackle one task at a time
Accepting that things are bound to get out of control is a reality you should acknowledge. Take your time in doing a particular task, do not be too hard on yourself if it is becoming difficult for you to continue, you can leave it as is for some time and resume later. Very important to focus only on what you can control and leave what you cannot handle to others. Ensure you work on realistic goals that you can comfortably accomplish in a given day.
Avoid noisy and crowded places
Excessive noise and movement tend to distract people suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is therefore better to avoid crowded and noisy places, as these may affect whatever you are doing. If you have to go shopping, you can do so during the time when many people do not likely frequent the stores. Similarly, instead of going to a crowded busy mall, you can shop from a small store. Additionally, keep the TV volume low or switch it off completely when doing activities in the house.
Spend a good amount of time doing things you are familiar and comfortable with, like hobbies. It is also wise doing things together with family members, provided you keep yourself active. Do not avoid everything you used to do because you have forgotten a bit of it and you are not as good at it as before. It may be difficult to operate the washing machine, but you may be able to take the clothes and fold them.
Do not let frustration bring you down
It is normal for people with Alzheimer’s to become upset from time to time, especially in the evening. If you happen to be experiencing this problem, you can try turning on the lights. It will be better with you in well-lit rooms. Also, try overcoming any sense of concern that tries to creep up on you. This is also normal, but overcoming it is easy if you have someone by your side to assure you that everything is under control.
Alzheimer’s is difficult to keep up with, especially if you are aging, but with a good approach, you can still live a satisfactory life. It is even better if you have supportive family members who stand by you and help you where matters get out of hand. The most important thing to focus on is making do of whatever is achievable and being content that even if there are things you cannot do for now, you can do them later, or someone else will do them for you.