Forgetfulness, Dementia & Behavior
There are many reasons that the elderly become demented or forgetful. Often times forgetfulness can be triggered by decreased fluid and nutrition, medications, poorly managed pain, changes in routine or environment, or an illness. Persons who experience dementia may have behavioral outbursts becoming angry, negative, anxious, and sometimes attacking their caregivers or family. This can be frightening and frustrating.
Here are some things that can help you and the person with poor memory:
-Be sure to give medications as ordered by their primary care provider (PCP) and monitor
their effectiveness, report to the PCP if they experience any increases in behavioral disturbances.
-Consider using essential oils/herbs to create calm by either placing a lavender sachet under their pillowcase to promote sleep or using an essential oil diffuser in the room
adding Vitamin D 1000 mg 1-2 times daily to help lift their mood
-Consider adding Vitamin B12/B
complex drops 1 mg twice daily to help with digestion, mood, and memory
-Be sure they are getting 1200 mg of essential fatty acids daily to help brain function.
-Talk to a Natural medicine provider about exploring the use of herbs like Gingko Biloba, Valerian, and Evening Primrose oil.
-Be sure that they are getting restful uninterrupted sleep.
-Be sure their pain is being properly managed and their medications aren't causing irritability or fatigue.
-Engage in Reminiscing
calm environment free from noise (constant T.V. or radio)
-Consider playing soft music “of their
-Involve them in daily activities and encourage them to help out with projects, chores, or cooking with you.
-Lastly, don't argue when an outburst occurs but redirect and distract them with other activities or topics of conversation.