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Supportive Living

Social Interaction and Music

Music and music therapy can promote better verbal communication and socialization skills and can also have a positive effect on mood level and reality orientation.

Food Choices and Decision Making

Because eating and drinking are important cultural rituals, the loss of autonomy in what, when, and where to eat may profoundly affect patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Independent Dressing

Dressing is a complicated series of actions which includes clothing selection, undressing, and dressing.  Both the care-giver’s and the patient’s response to dressing activities may have an effect on subsequent behaviors and moods during the day.

Supportive Activity and Concentration

The challenge of developing meaningful activities for Alzheimer’s disease patients is a difficult one. Dignified and adult-like chores or tasks can help nurture a sense of self-worth and competency, encourage independence, preserve the integrity of the individual, and maintain
functional abilities.

Management of Wandering Behavior

A study at the Corinne Dolan Alzheimer Center showed that negative aggressive behaviors were reduced when patients had an opportunity to wander freely in a protected environment.

Supportive Cues

Physical design of households provides cues to help residents be successful in personal hygiene, appetite and daily living.

Incontinence

Incontinence is a critical problem for both caregivers and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Attention Span

Increased confusion has been linked to attention span. This means that sounds, objects, or people that are around patients with Alzheimer’s disease may interrupt the thought processes and affect the ability to concentrate on a task.

Disorientation

Disorientation is a common problem for many people with Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes familiar objects look different or unfamiliar (visual disorientation), while at other times space appears confusing, which makes navigation from one place to another difficult (spatial disorientation).