Family Caregiver Chats with Alzheimer’s Expert on Identity

Family Caregiver Chats with Alzheimer’s Expert on Identity

This chat is brought to you by Home Instead Senior Care, a family network of locally owned franchise offices striving to be your trusted in-home care agency, to help keep your aging loved ones in their home as they grow older.

We are so pleased to have Dr. Amy D’Aprix, an expert in aging, retirement, and caregiving, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs. She has authored two books on caregiving and friendship, has written numerous articles for various media publications and is highly sought-after as a trainer and speaker throughout North America.

Dr. Amy will be answering your questions on identity and dignity as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease.

Our question is from Mary, a family caregiver, and came in via email at

Mary: How can I get mom to go on outings with us? Mom gets up around 8:30am and sleeps most of the day in her chair. I have bought her things to do, but she is not interested. She will try for a few but then goes back to sleep in her chair.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix:
I’m assuming your Mom has dementia.  If so, it is possible that she is not interested in going on outings with you because they are too overwhelming. If you can plan activities that are not over stimulating or that create anxiety for her that would be helpful.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix:
Think about the things your mom has always enjoyed doing throughout her life. Some of these may need to be modified because they will no longer be appropriate. For example, she may find large numbers of people too much to manage now. Think about how you can do a simplified version of what she has always loved.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix:
You mention she sleeps most of the day in her chair. She may not have the ability to start activities on her own anymore and may need you or someone else to do them along side of her – this is not uncommon for people with dementia.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix:
She may not be able to communicate to you that her brain gets confused when she does things- but that may be why she stops doing them and goes back to sleep. Instead of talking to her about doing an activity, you can try starting it alone and then inviting her to join you and see if that works. If not, try again another time or try another activity.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix:
You are right to be interested in keeping your mom socially and mentally stimulated – it is very important for people with dementia. Good luck!

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