Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Each person with Lewy body dementia and other dementias experience symptoms and progression differently. Consequently, techniques to care for each person vary. Caregivers may need to adapt the following tips to individual situations:

  • Enhance communication. When talking with the person with Lewy body dementia, maintain eye contact. Speak slowly, in simple sentences, and don't rush the response. Present only one idea or instruction at a time. Use gestures and cues, such as pointing to objects.
  • Encourage exercise. Exercise benefits everyone, including people with dementia. Benefits of exercise include improved physical function, more controlled behavior and fewer depression symptoms. Some research shows physical activity may slow the progression of impaired thinking (cognitive) function in people with dementia.
  • Encourage participation in games and thinking activities. Participating in games, crossword puzzles and other activities that involve using thinking skills may help slow mental decline in people with dementia.
  • Establish a nighttime ritual. Behavior issues may be worse at night. Try to establish going-to-bed rituals that are calming and away from the noise of television, meal cleanup and active family members. Leave night lights on to prevent disorientation.

    Limiting caffeine during the day, discouraging daytime napping and offering opportunities for exercise during the day may help prevent nighttime restlessness.
April 17, 2013