‘overstimulation can cause agitation and distress in people affected by dementia, as it can be difficult to concentrate on more than one thing at a time,’ says dave Bell.
Keep unnecessary background noise from the TV and radio to a minimum, and create quiet spaces, both indoors and out, particularly if the person with dementia lives in a busy environment with others.
a bench in a sunny, shaded spot in the garden or a chair by the window in a conservatory can be a great ‘bolthole’ to sit and doze or read.
‘But don’t keep getting someone with dementia to sit down,’ says dave. ‘exercise is important to their physical and mental health.’