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Five Tips for Finding Positives in the World of Alzheimer’s

Home Health Care in Spartanburg SC: Alzheimer's Depression

Home Health Care in Spartanburg SC: Alzheimer’s Depression

When a parent has Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to feel down. Alzheimer’s patients are often depressed and even despondent. Mood swings happen regularly and make it hard to be around that person. You get yelled at, cried on, and, perhaps, even hit a time or two. You know it’s the disease, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

In all of this difficulty, it can seem hard to find the positives. Sometimes, you have to seek them on your own. Here are five ways to get your parent out of a funk and into a lighter, enjoyable mood.

 

Enjoy a Meal Together

Gather the family and have a meal together. With everyone bringing a dish, you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. If possible, do a little research and find favorite foods of your parent’s childhood and make those dishes.

While you eat, talk about the years your parent remembers best. It may not be early childhood. You might find your mom or dad focus on the teen years most often. If that’s the case, aim for favorite foods from that time period.

 

Go Through Photo Albums

Taking a look through old photo albums often triggers happy memories that get your mom or dad talking. Enjoy these moments. If possible, jot down notes on the back of the photos to help future generations identify who people are.

 

Put On Some Music

Music has a way of changing a sad mood. Crank up some music that’s certain to be cherished by your parent. Start dancing and singing and see if your parent will follow your lead. Having someone available to capture this moment on a phone camera will preserve that moment.

 

Take a Walk

A walk in the fresh air has a way of easing depression and a blue mood. Dress for the weather and head off on a walk around the block or down the street. If there are no safe paths near your home, head to a local town or state park and use the groomed walking trails.

 

Visit a Petting Zoo

People with Alzheimer’s usually love animal therapy. If there’s a petting zoo in your area, take your mom or dad there to pet and feed animals for an hour or two. If you don’t have a petting zoo nearby, see if there is an animal shelter that needs someone to spend time playing with the cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies.

Don’t let Alzheimer’s overwhelm you. If you need a break from family caregiving, take one. Elder care aides take over so that you can get away for an hour or two. Call an elder care agency to arrange respite care and other caregiver services.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Health Care in Spartanburg, SC, please contact the caring staff at Upstate Home Care Solutions today. Call (864) 527-0455

James Bennett

James Bennett is a native of Taylors, SC. A graduate of Riverside High School, he attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Packing Science. Upon graduation, he commenced on a career path in food manufacturing with Nestle Frozen Foods (1999 – 2008) and Country Fresh, Inc. (2008 – 2011). When James was only 12, his father, at the age of 37, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).With both an ailing father and a grandmother suffering from several medical conditions, James Bennett and his family were able to unify and provide their loved ones with the home care they needed. Their family structure and consistent schedule were key aspects in providing care. Unfortunately, not all families have the structure, resources, or flexibility to provide the home care their loved one desires. James understands the difficulties families and caregivers encounter while providing and caring for loved ones. A loving son, husband, and father who understands the need to help families, James created Upstate Home Health Care Solutions, LLC in 2011 to fill in the gap for families who need caring individuals to assist with a loved one’s home care needs.

• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business of the Year 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Program participant 2017
• Greenville Chamber of Commerce MBA Excellence Award Recipient 2017
• Featured on the cover Upstate Business Journal June 2016
• Community Works Economic Impact Award 2016
• Board Member of Ten at the Top (TATT) and Fire Pit Ranch (FPR)
• Member of Upstate Senior Network, Greenville & Spartanburg Chapters
• Member of the Healthcare division of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce
• Member of the Better Business Bureau
• Staff member of Palmetto Boys State sponsored by the American Legion
• Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.