Anxiety is a common issue in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It
can be triggered by medication interactions, other medical conditions,
and the symptoms of the disease itself. When someone with Alzheimer’s
disease becomes anxious, he or she may become restless, begin to pace,
and become emotionally upset. Fortunately, you and everyone involved in
your loved one’s
home care can take steps to ease these feelings of anxiety and make your loved one
more comfortable. Try these tips to reduce anxiety in your loved one with
Build a Calming Environment
Bright, noisy environments can trigger anxiety in people with Alzheimer’s
disease, so try to create a soothing environment for your loved one. Reduce
background noise, such as the television or music, and dim any bright
lights. Glare from the sun can cause anxiety, so draw the blinds if the
room is bright. If you can’t control the stimuli in the room, then
consider moving your loved one to a quieter place.
Monitor Your Loved One’s Comfort Levels
Your loved one may not always be able to tell you when something is bothering
him or her, so be alert for the signs yourself. Could your loved one be
hungry or thirsty? Does he or she have skin irritation, stomach upset,
or fatigue? When your loved one’s needs are not being met, the frustration
could cause anxiety. Try to anticipate the things your loved one will
need to be comfortable, so he or she doesn’t feel anxious.
Be Physically Active
Providing opportunities for your loved one to move around can help him
or her work off nervous energy. Try taking a walk, dancing together, or
even gardening. Any physical activity can redirect your loved one’s
anxious feelings and help him or her feel calmer.
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