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A growing number of studies show that activities are generally more effective than medications in the treatment of agitation in older adults, particularly those with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other kinds of memory loss. Here are some examples of simple, evidence-based activities that can help reduce agitation in an older adult:
Also consider simple repetitive tasks such as:
These tasks are outlets for frustration, but also make them feel useful. Therefore, they not only help reduce agitation, but also increase their sense of purpose and self-esteem.
Source: Alzheimer’s Care Guide, Lorena Tonarelli