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5 Environmental Factors That Affect Dementia

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

Seniors with dementia tend to become easily upset. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what a loved one is upset about and how to change that factor. Milwaukee home care experts have identified common environmental triggers for dementia that can be controlled.

1. Hallucination Triggers

Seniors with dementia often experience environmental hallucinations. Common triggers include photos with people in them, mirrors, and dark spaces. When possible, consider covering up the mirror, removing photos, and increasing the amount of available light.

2. Lack of Organization

Losing things is common in seniors with dementia, and a disorganized space can trigger dementia symptoms. Create a place where your loved one can put keys and other things as soon as he or she is done using them. Make extra copies of all important keys and papers.

3. Noise

Many seniors with dementia become hypersensitive to noises. Consider turning off the television, playing music your loved one finds relaxing, and using noisy appliances when he or she is away or asleep. Headphones and earplugs may also help.

4. Temperature

Seniors with dementia often experience a decrease in symptoms in the temperature zone they feel comfortable in. Consider installing small personal heaters and fans. Put signs on the thermostat’s dials so your loved one can control the temperature more easily.

5. Privacy

A senior with dementia may need help in the bathroom, but may see the presence of a caregiver as an invasion of his or her environment. Get organized before the bath, try handheld shower hoses, and carefully control the room temperature. Helping a loved one with dementia take a bath can be challenging, and you might want to consider hiring a trained Milwaukee in-home caregiver to help him or her with bathing and other daily tasks.

Controlling these factors, being organized, and making small changes in the environment can help caregivers keep their loved ones comfortable. Often it takes trial and error to find out what works best in the home.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, reach out to Home Care Assistance to learn more about what factors can affect the condition. We are a trusted name in senior in-home care and can customize a care plan that meets your loved one’s needs. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia care Milwaukee families can rely on. Call (414) 964-8000 to discuss care options for your loved one with one of our knowledgeable Care Managers.

5 Environmental Triggers for Seniors with Dementia