Designing with Alzheimer’s in Mind

  • Hang family photos and artwork to stir memories; shadow boxes are excellent for grouping memorabilia.

  • Place items at eye level on the wall, and avoid putting frames on tabletops, as this adds clutter and confusion.

  • Avoid shiny floors to reduce glare and confusion.

  • Layer sofa and chairs with pillows and throws of different textures that appeal to the touch.

  • Place a picture over fuse boxes or other utility areas to decrease curiosity.

  • Provide seating for guests and a place to play games or place a drink, to encourage socialization.

  • Use flameless candles to create a sense of calm. (These battery operated candles are available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Pottery Barn, among other places.)

  • Think inside the box: View our multi-step moving guide
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