Alzheimer's Disease and television

Maintaining normality is important for those with Alzheimer's. Individuals should continue to engage in the activities that they've always enjoyed. For most, watching television is on their list of favorite pastimes. However, as the disease progresses, caregivers should monitor what is being watched. As confusion increases, their ability to decipher what is real and what is not lessens. Shows that include violent or graphic content should be avoided. Watching this type of material can increase anxiety, agitation and affect sleep. To avoid this from occurring, channels that frequently air this type of material can be blocked via parental controls in the televisions settings. Remember to limit the amount of time the television is being watched, too. Individuals should also spend time socializing and engaging in physical activity.  

Matthew Call, ET, CSFS, CDP