A three part series By Suzanne Faith RN, CDP Alan Johnson, MSW, LICSW, Cape Cod Health Care Education Program for Dementia. This program will be offered for caregivers on three consecutive Wednesdays in January (12, 19 & 26th) at the Heritage Barn of Captain Foster Homestead at 1 PM followed by questions, answers and encouragement.
- Jonathan Graff Radford, M.D., studies normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Specific disorders of interest include mild cognitive impairment, vascular cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, corticobasal syndrome, posterior cortical atrophy and frontotemporal dementia.
Anxiety is a common denominator in cognitive decline.
Doing anxiety reducing activities is important.
The Benefits of Routines for People With Dementia
How Consistent Caregivers Can Help.
Because dementia can make it difficult to learn new things, using established, consistent routines can be calming and reassuring, for both the person with dementia and those around her.
Routines are often associated with our procedural memory (how we do things) and long term memory. So, since dementia typically first affects the short-term memory, the memory of a routine will often remain well into the middle stages of dementia.
Types of Daily Routines. Cont
Benefits of Routines in Dementia
- Maintains Functions
- Reduces Anxiety
- Decreases Caregiver Stress
- Allows for Some Independence