How Do You Help Dementia Patients to Relax

How Do You Help Dementia Patients to Relax

Do you know of any person who is suffering from memory loss? Maybe a family member or a relative? It can be a very difficult situation. It can make a patient feel agitated. When he realizes that he cannot remember something or someone, it can cause panic. This can also cause stress, frustration and anger. Some patients tend to isolate themselves when this happens.

Taking Care of Dementia Patients

There is a need to keep dementia patients calm and relaxed. There are various ways that people can employ in order to do this. Read on to find out some of the things you can do for your patient:

Proper Breathing

One of the techniques that patients should learn and will most likely frequently use to keep calm is proper breathing. It is the first thing that a patient should do when he becomes aware of his dementia symptoms and is starting to feel stressed and panicky.

As a caregiver, ask the patient to sit down and start with breathing exercises to calm down. What is the proper way of doing the breathing exercises? The patient should take deep breaths – breathe in air through the nose and feel the expansion of his stomach. This breathing exercise ensures that oxygen really enters the lungs and does not just stay on top of it.

Do this: Breathe in counting 1, 2, 3 then slowly breathe out counting 1 up to 5. Just repeat this when you feel stressed and you’ll be fine after 20 minutes.

Yoga and Tai chi, which involves breathing techniques, are also effective techniques for relaxing patients. Aside from that, these holistic activities help the patient improve mind and body connection. Yoga involves a series of stretches and poses with particular related beliefs associated with them. Tai chi also incorporates the beliefs on energy movement in the body.

Using the Senses


When a patient does not remember something, a good way to keep him from becoming stressed and improve his mood is to guide him in visualization. To help the patient visualize, you ask him to close his eyes and imagine that he is in a happy place where he can rest and relax, perhaps in a quiet room at home or in a beach. Ask him to focus on the things he can see, hear and smell. Do this for about 5 minutes. Then slowly bring him back to the present reality and ask him to open his eyes.

Massage Therapy

Touch is powerful and very helpful to dementia patients. Massage therapists claim that it can make patients feel more relaxed, less moody and less stressed, thereby reducing the tendency to become agitated. It also helps improve blood circulation, which might also help boost memory. Although there’s little scientific evidence to support these views, many have seen significant improvements in the condition of dementia patients.

If you have loved ones who are with dementia, it would help if you could help then have these things regularly. Though there’s no guarantee that these could retard dementia, these have been found helpful to improve the patient’s condition.

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