If you are caring for a person living with dementia at home, Mondays with Mimi is where you can have your questions answered. In her 20 years at St. John’s, Mimi DeVinney (our Dementia/Quality of Life Specialist) has heard dozens of questions about caring for people living with dementia. Check this page on St. John’s Online Dementia Resource Center every Monday, to see Mimi’s answers to submitted questions.

What are some ways I can help relieve anxiety in my loved one?- Catherine D.

It isn’t surprising that people with dementia feel anxious sometimes. The world has become more difficult for them to navigate, and they are unsure of so many things. Maintaining a regular routine can help make days more manageable. Consistency in care givers and approaches is important. Anticipating their needs can help keep anxiety from creeping in.

Some other things to try: play quiet music that they enjoy, encourage a balance of exercise and rest, aromatherapy, soothing lotions, tea, “comfort foods”, or a weighted blanket. Stress balls, rosaries or other items that can be held and manipulated might also help. Physical exercise, such as walking or rocking in a chair can also help “work off” some tension.  

Ask Mimi

If you have a question for Mimi related to dementia care at home, use this form to contact her.