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Colicky Dementia

By Shay Jacobson, RN, MA, NMG

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Learning what it takes to soothe and comfort an upset or unresponsive adult may take all of your skills of perception and awareness. Don’t give up if you are having a hard time figuring out what makes your loved one panic—he or she will probably keep trying to let you know.

Soothing and comfort measures are keys to help one cope with their environment

  • Assure that basic comfort measures are met
    • A clean/dry environment
    • Warmth
    • Food and water
  • Employ soothing techniques
    • Touching
    • Music
    • White noise
    • Aromatherapy
    • Rotating pleasant faces on picture viewer
    • Massage therapy
  • Control over stimulation
    • Bright lights
    • Loud noises
    • Excessive activity
  • Provide methods for self soothing
    • Textured cloth – blankets
    • Stuffed animals
    • Religious charms
    • Repetitive tasks – i.e., folding towels
    • Rocking chairs
  • Social engagement strategies
    • Reading to them
    • Exercise
    • Pet therapy
    • Directed activities
    • Picture albums
    • PET – pleasant experience therapy
  • Sometimes the problem cannot be fixed in the moment, but you can:
    • Keep them safe
    • Frequently check on them
    • Decrease the stimulation
    • Keep trying to soothingly reach out when receptive
    • Let them work it out in a controlled, safe, supportive environment


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