As the person declines, however, they may start to forget one or more of these steps. It is often not that the person cannot do the particular task, but rather that they just forgot to do it.
Maintaining as much independence as possible with daily self-care tasks such as these, is important. It is the ‘use it or lose it’ concept.
If the person does not keep doing the things that he/she is capable of doing (with the right support) then those skills can be lost.
So how can a caregiver help the person keep doing these basic self-care tasks?
Here are a few tips
Basic self-cares such as these are activities for the person with Alzheimer’s. It is using skills that they still have, not only preserving cognitive capacity as long as possible but also giving the person a sense of self-worth and independence.
Side note from the author: I would love to hear in your comments if you find these practical tips valuable. As an occupational therapist, we are experts at breaking down activities so that they can be successful. There are a lot more tips that could be shared!
Original content the Alzheimer's Reading Room