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Attention/Concentration (lack of) | Management Strategies

  1. The person you care for may have problems with attention and concentration. Try to avoid situations and tasks which take a long time or have many parts to them. However, when these tasks are necessary, break them down into smaller tasks which may be completed in steps. This will make them more manageable.

  2. A person's environment can affect their ability to concentrate. Many people with Alzheimer's disease are easily distracted. Therefore, try to minimize noise, visual distraction and clutter to help improve their concentration.

  3. Try to have the person you care for perform more complex activities during times of the day when their energy is at a peak. Exercise, nutrition, and a good night's sleep all may help to improve their energy and concentration.
  4. People with Alzheimer disease also often have good times and bad times throughout the day, as well as good days and bad days. If more complex tasks can be worked around these good times, a better performance can result.

  5. The person you care for may enjoy some activities over others. Find out what these activities are and encourage the person you care for to do them. They may be more likely to complete an activity that they take interest in.

  6. If the person you care for becomes distracted or uncertain about what to do next, you can prompt them step-by-step. The need for more prompting is often a sign that the condition is worsening, and the need for less prompting, that it is improving.

  7. If you notice the person losing interest in TV shows they enjoy, the noise, complex plot, rapid scene cutting, and commercial breaks may simply be too much to follow for them. Try introducing slower paced nature shows or ball games that don't require following along too closely to enjoy.

  8. Shut doors and windows if there is noise competing with something the person you care for is trying to listen to.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Interest/Initiative (lack of)
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Following Instructions
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Sundowning
About Dementia > Treatments for Dementia > Exercise
About Dementia > Types of Dementia > Dementia with Lewy Bodies
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