One of the most important things to know how to do when caring for or visiting with a senior who has Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is to calm them down when they become upset. De-escalation of the situation is essential for their wellbeing and to help seek a solution to their problem. In order to help the senior calm down and regain control, there are several effective methods you can try out with them. Read on below and learn which techniques can help you the most.
Mirror Their Emotions.
One method that is particularly effective is mirroring the senior’s emotions. Doing so actually plays off the senior’s natural body language responses and can help you determine what the problem is and how they are feeling about it. By matching their distress, you are showing them that you understand their feelings and that you sympathize with them.
Take Deep Breaths.
This is a great next step once you’ve begun to mirror their emotions. Now, start taking deep and exaggerated breaths that focus on the exhales. Hopefully, the senior will begin to mirror you in return and start deep breathing too. Deep breaths can relax the senior’s ribcage, thus allowing them to get more oxygen.
Take Their Hand.
Take notice of how the senior is reacting by their body language. Often, seniors will reach out their hands for you. If this is the case, go ahead and take the senior’s hands naturally in your own. You can also reach yours out to them. Holding their hands is a simple gesture that provides great comfort and calm.
Use Heartbeat Rhythm.
As you’re holding hands with the senior, you can try out a technique known as the heartbeat method. This is when you gently pump their hand to the rhythm of a heartbeat. The motion is meant to be reassuring, so watch how they react to be sure you are not causing them any discomfort.
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