Wednesday Workshop – Making the Most of Your Time with a Loved One Living with Alzheimer’s
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. If you know someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, you may feel unsure about what to say or do when visiting them. Of course you want your time together to be meaningful but you’re not sure how to make that happen.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your time with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Before the visit you’ll need to adjust your expectations. Realize that their disease may cause them to act differently than what you’re accustomed to. Be flexible. Be present with the person. Live in the moment because that is how they live. Sometimes, simple activities like sharing a meal, holding hands or singing together can be very meaningful.
Finding little “moments of joy” is key. Focus on your loved ones strengths. If they enjoy art than bring some watercolor paints to create an image together.
Remember to keep the visits simple. Try not to overwhelm your loved one with too many distractions, noise or visitors. One-on-one time is best and quality of time outweighs quantity of time spent together.
If you need more information on how to connect with a loved one
Reach out to us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center. Feel free to call us at (888) 285-0093 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!