Limiting Distractions Helps Those with Dementia

Most of us take for granted the cacophony of sights and sounds of a restaurant, party, amusement park or freeway ride. But for someone with dementia, distractions like flashing lights or jarring sounds can be overwhelming and can cause severe agitation.

As a caregiver, we want to do all we can to lessen or, if possible, prevent the exposure to these unnecessary sounds and visual stimulants. To help minimize these distractions at home, prepare you house before your guest with dementia arrives by turning the TV sound off or down. The same goes for loud music. During the holidays consider turning off blinking lights.

When you’re out and about with someone who has dementia look over the area to find a quiet corner to visit if your loved one becomes over-stimulated by sounds and lights. Making the outing or visit as routine as possible, less the distractions, is the caregiver’s goal.

In these situations, at home or in the community, there’s a good chance you’ll run into family or friends that the loved one with dementia may or may not remember. Meeting “new” people can be difficult and especially stressful for someone with dementia.

Those with dementia often don’t remember the names of old friends or grandchildren. Make sure to introduce you’re loved one each time to help them remember the important people in their lives. This helps the person with dementia maintain his or her dignity and lessen the impact of not being able to remember people they once knew very well.

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This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.

One thought on “Limiting Distractions Helps Those with Dementia

  1. Dave June 14, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Excellent advice. Isolating appointments and tasks into discrete and separate items can reduce anxiety for those striving to maintain independence.

    KalendarKards will help those with memory challenges maintain a safe and independent lifestyle. It will organize their days based on single tasks, executed one at a time.

    Our goal is to help loved ones maintain independence in a dignified and respectful manner, whether they live at home or with assistance.

    Please watch for a late summer launch.

    Best regards,

    Dave Wiederrich
    CEO and Co-founder
    KalendarKards LLC


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