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.  

Recent Mondays with Mimi

My mom and dad have always loved to go to dinner. Recently, as my father’s dementia has progressed, mom feels more uncomfortable bringing dad out in public. I went with them to dinner this week for the first time in a few months and I definitely noticed a change. His table manners and lack of social graces definitely attract attention now. I want to tell my mom to not worry about it and continue taking dad out as long as it’s safe, but I’m not sure she’s comfortable doing that anymore. Could you suggest anything that could help mom manage these trips out to dinner? -Debbi S.

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