While there are several ways to calm down a senior with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, there are methods that are more effective than others. It is essential to know the best way to help a senior with these diseases to calm down so that you can learn what’s wrong and find a solution to help them. The main goal in this situation is de-escalation to achieve calm. Below, we’re sharing our top 4 tips that can best help you calm down a senior with dementia.
Mirror Their Emotions.
This first method is one that uses the senior body’s natural responses to help you figure out how they’re feeling and what the issue is. Do your best to match their distress level so you can show them that you care about how they are feeling and understand what they are going through.
Take Deep Breaths.
While you’re mirroring the senior’s emotions, they can begin to mirror you back. If this is the case, you want to begin taking deep and exaggerated breaths that emphasize the exhales. The senior should begin to take deep breaths too, which can help them get more oxygen from having their ribcage relaxed.
Take Their Hand.
A kind and comforting gesture that can encourage calmness is to offer the senior your hands to take. But first, watch their body language to observe if they are reaching out to you already, as is often the case for upset seniors with dementia. Take their hands in your own in a very natural manner.
Use Heartbeat Rhythm.
Next, now that you’re holding the senior’s hands, you can incorporate something called the heartbeat method. This is when you gently pump their hand to the rhythm of a heartbeat. Doing so is relaxing to the senior, so long as you are not causing them any pain or discomfort.
We understand it’s not always simple to help a loved one cope with dementia, but you don’t have to go through this alone. We want you to know that Home Care Assistance of Lincoln is here for you and your senior loved one throughout this challenging journey. To learn more about our world-class Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, please contact our experienced caregivers and schedule your consultation.