It is known that positive attitudes lead to positive results, which is very important when caring for seniors with alzheimer’s or dementia. Not only does positive thinking promote the health of seniors but also reduces depression and stress. Research conducted at the Yale School of Public Health, shows that older adults who have positive attitudes are 50% less likely to develop alzheimer’s & dementia than others. It is paramount for family members and caregivers to have positive attitudes around the elderly because seniors are known to be very impressionable, which can have a great impact on their relationship with you. Here are some ways to identify the needs of seniors in a positive manner.
Use positive language:
Utilizing dismissive language around an individual with dementia can have a great impact on how they feel. As a matter of fact, using this kind of language can have substantial effects on not only seniors but society. Our choice of words or phrases can also affect how we think and act, which is very important to notice when caring for someone with dementia. Those living with this disease often have negative words and phrases thrown at them like: wanderer, losing him/her or someone who has lost their mind or an attention seeker. This language will change the way they feel about themselves, shaping their mood, self-esteem and feelings of happiness or depression. The use of positive language can empower people, improve dignity and promote self worth. Make a senior or loved one feel valued and included by implementing positive words and phrases around them like: going on an adventure.