Avoid distractions, particularly large crowds or gatherings. Instead of taking your loved one to a crowded mall, go to a smaller store or plan your shopping trips when the stores are less likely to be busy.
Establish a routine. Changes can upset or confuse Alzheimer’s patients. Leaving reminder notes about appointments or sticky notes and signs with directions is helpful.
Flexibility is key. Expect things to take longer than they used to. Schedule more time to complete tasks. The abilities of an Alzheimer’s patient changes daily so it will become necessary to alter your routines and schedules accordingly.
Make amendments to allow your loved one to continue participating in activities she enjoys. For example, while she may no longer be able to follow a recipe, she may be able to stir batter or spoon cookie dough onto the cookie sheet.