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Interest/Initiative (lack of) | Management Strategies

  1. You may be able to persuade the person you care for to participate in various activities if you schedule these activities at specific times during the day. Creating a routine should help the person you care for initiate and maintain an activity.

  2. The person you care for may enjoy some activities over others. They may be more likely to participate in an activity that they take an interest in. It is also helpful to consider the type of work or activities that they used to do in the past. For example, if they used to be a pilot, they may enjoy visiting the airport and watching planes take off.

  3. If the lack of interest and initiative persists for an extended period of time, it may be helpful to consult your family doctor because these are possible symptoms of depression .

  4. The person you care for might be more inclined to getting up and going if they have a purpose. You could provide a reward for them if they leave the house, such as a trip to the park or a favourite restaurant. This may help motivate them to start their day.

  5. If the person you care for is reluctant to participate in social activities, attempt to bring aspects of their social life to them. For example, you could invite friends or relatives over to their house. This may encourage the person you care for to go visit their friends or relatives next time.

  6. If the person you care for is unwilling to get out of bed in the morning, try to encourage them to get up by bringing sensory stimulation to them. For example, you could try to play music or bring the newspaper to them. You also could cook or make coffee; maybe the smell of food will get them to venture into the kitchen.

  7. Try aromatherapy, using scents to relax.

  8. Write a life story of good memories or stories the person likes to tell.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Personal Care/Hygiene
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Bathing
Symptom Library > Leisure Activities > Social Interaction/ Withdrawal
Symptom Library > Everyday Activities > Dressing
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Low Mood
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Motivation
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