What a beautiful time of year. All the fall colors and the morning spider webs with dew, really make for a wonderful walk. Looking up close and personal at our world is a great advantage caregivers have. One, it allows us to get out with our friend and have not only a change of scenery but also some fresh air. If our friend is a bit weakened by their disease process, use a wheelchair. This is a great experience and will be (for the most part) fun for both of you.
Also, this will add to those memories; when we can’t not get out enjoying the weather. Alzheimer’s does wipe away the recent memories, however if we have a real conversation while walking there will be tips to trigger remembered sights and smells. Emotion, is always our friend to have, as we have a conversation with our friend. Talk about the beautiful sights, smells and sounds, of youth, a Harvest Dance or a day spent collecting leaves for a child to use in grade school.
Remember our emotions will pave the way to pleasant memories. Being pleasant will be mirrored back as a pleasant conversation. When anger arises, don’t fall prey to the bait.