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Every single case or client is different.
Every single life once had a very different path…the question is how do you as a care giver manipulate these individual differences as you straddle social interaction?
Social Interaction is one way to calm the fragile mind of people who are going through mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. It is finding that one thing that will spark an interest and that will redirect the wandering confused mind.
How do you get to this point…….well you pay attention……and spend some quality time in their world and you safely and quietly open that door of acceptance?
Once you are accepted then he or she will no doubt, participate in the activities that were tailored specifically for them.
I say tailored, because he or she must not be forced to take part in any activity that he or she has no interest in.
As the caregiver you may find out what those interest were…..could it be that your client loved cooking, arts and craft, reading, puzzles, animal lovers, music, nature lovers or was he or she even an avid hiker, biker, or surfer…..the list goes one…..!
Gather your information and take your client as closely as possible to that activity. He may not be a surfer anymore, but you may take him to spend an afternoon by the beach. Realizing that the smell of the sea breeze may influence some fund memory thus allowing ease and relaxation for his mind.
I have discovered that after that journey through time with my clients everything gets better…….eating, bath rooming, sleeping etc.
It gets better because they realize that I am willing to and am on the journey with them, that I understand and am patient, so they usually hold on to my outstretched hand, like a child and follow.
In my day to day contact with my clients, I acknowledged that a social package that is catered is as valuable and as effective and necessary and must be a part of our seniors’ wellness program.

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