Our wonderful medical team here at EHL always goes above and beyond and we really appreciate them. Nurse Dave, one of our Health Services Coordinators, loves to take the time to talk, sing and dance to a good tune with our residents, as he makes his rounds on campus. Music is very important, as it creates positive interactions, promotes gentle exercise, helps alter mood and reduces stress. We here at EHL highly recommend music and dance everyday.
So, what is happening in the old meadow? We are building an interactive park for persons with memory loss. When it is all done, there will be a covered pavilion with a roof that opens and closes to allow folks to sit out there and visit without getting too hot or too wet. The path, made out of recycled tires and water permeable material, has a handrail on one side and will have garden boxes, rocks and other fun objects to look at and touch. We will have more trees, flowers, shrubbery and other plants by next summer. Soon, the whole park will have wrought iron fencing to allow for security and optimal visibility. Lastly, along the back wall, we have our beautiful mural painted by Roma Gilman with help from our own Felipe Jimenez.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our annual Music in the Meadow event in July! We had such a wonderful evening of beautiful music, good food and great company. It was fabulous to see so many family members and residents together and a wonderful opportunity for us all to come together as a community. Special thanks to Mucho Gusto for the great food and our own Michael Hall, Sherron Swenson and Shelly Emerson for the wonderful music and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Here is part 3 to our blog series by Liz von Wellsheim on how to have a successful visit with your loved on who is living with Lewy Body Dementia. You can view our other blog posts on successful visits with persons with Alzheimer’s and persons with Vascular Dementia.
Lewy Body Dementia starts with more physical symptoms than other types of dementia. The symptoms most closely resemble those seen with persons who have Parkinson’s disease; difficulty with coordination and balance. In addition to these Parkinson’s like symptoms there are memory loss issues.
As the disease progresses the Parkinson’s like features will become more prominent and the risk of falling becomes a concern earlier in their type of dementia than Alzheimer’s. There are also higher incidences of visual hallucinations and delusions with Lewy Body Dementia than Alzheimer’s style dementia.
To reduce hallucinations with Lewy Body Dementia, it is helpful to interact in well-lit places and reassure the person with Lewy Body Dementia that you believe their delusion and will take care of their concerns. For example if the person believes people are trying to steal from them, help them find ways to protect their possessions by using locks and let them know you are investigating and dealing with whatever issue is concerning them.
In our last blog we gave some tips on how to interact with your loved on with Alzheimer’s. This blog has tips on how to successfully interact with your loved one who has Vascular Dementia.
People with Vascular Dementia often have problems initiating an activity and may become anxious or apathetic about tasks that used to be routine. “Getting started” is difficult and it is helpful to be their “cheerleader” with a bubbly personality to encourage them to engage in an activity or even to reminisce. When you remind them about their past, it can help with retrieving memories and starting conversations.
When visiting your loved one with Vascular Dementia, Liz von Wellsheim suggests that you allow them time to respond. Be encouraging and bring things to look at and read together. Even if they don’t understand your words, your tone of voice and body language can provide reassurance to them.
You may have missed the excerpts in our monthly newsletters written by, Liz von Wellsheim, GNP about a few common forms of Dementia and tips on how to interact with your loved one with memory loss. Although there are many similarities each type of dementia is unique. Dementia is not a specific disease; it’s the overall term used to describe a wide range of memory loss diseases. Each type of memory loss disease requires different approaches for a successful visit.
Alzheimer’s type dementia is one of many forms of dementia. Those who are living with Alzheimer’s will not always remember recent events, and live in the present moment. At times they may recall things that occurred long ago, like early childhood, but not what happened a few moments ago. In conversations even if they don’t understand your words, your tone of voice and body language can provide reassurance to them.
People with Alzheimer’s are often very busy. Many times they are on a mission to complete something or get somewhere. Because they are constantly moving, the best way to spend time with them is by putting on your walking shoes, get into their world and just go with it!
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Many people find it challenging to have a meaningful conversation with people with memory loss or other dementia’s, especially if you did not know the person before he/she was diagnosed with a dementia disease.