When someone you love or care about is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is a common reaction to want to make sure they are as safe as possible. This means looking out for them most of the time, ensuring they do not get hurt or do anything dangerous and keeping them in the house to prevent them from wandering. While you have good intentions as a caregiver, it is important not to deny them of certain experiences just because of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. Preventing your loved one from taking part in activities, such as going outdoors, may appear to be a good idea. However, it can result in feelings of agitation or depression. They also will not get to enjoy the health benefits that can improve their quality of life.
Not only does the outdoors bring joy and comfort to those who love nature, but it brings many benefits for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These benefits include physical, psychological, and social benefits that could help with the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Read on to learn more about why it is good for those with Alzheimer’s disease to connect with nature!
Physical Health Benefits
Those who have Alzheimer’s disease can greatly benefit their physical health by being outdoors. These benefits include improved sleep and awareness. Getting exercise outside can improve verbal expression and memory, as well as exercise and activity levels.
Psychological Health Benefits
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease often suffer from agitation and high stress. Going outside can improve their mood and lower stress levels. Getting outside can help your loved one build a stronger sense of self. It can also improve your loved one’s confidence, self-esteem, and happiness.
Social Health Benefits
Spending time outdoors with your loved one can help them to feel less isolated and lonely. By going outside, your loved one has access to increased social interaction. Your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to handle a lot of activity at once so you have to start small. Make any outings as safe as possible while not restricting their freedom and independence too much. You can choose to stay near to home but make it a fun thing to do. Ensure they are wearing comfortable shoes and the right clothes for the weather. Take note of whether they are enjoying the experience or not. If they enjoy it, you can try it again another time. If not, see what they would prefer to do instead.
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