Dealing with Dementia: 10 tips to help caregivers cope
- Become an information sponge
- Don't take changes personally
- Plan ahead
- Listen to your loved one
- Acknowledge your grief
- Take people up on their offers of help
- Connect with other caregivers
- Watch your own health
- Speak out
- Find your joy
If you can understand that blood and oxygen are getting to the brain cells, and that this is a disease, try to disconnect, get help when you need it.
If you place a loved one in a residential facility, some may not understand why. Many will never understand. Let the guilt go.
I used to give myself permission to take a day off of visiting my dad. It wore me out.
For those who have loved ones at home, or in LTC, there are many things you can do with a loved one:
- Do a life review
- Go through photo albums
- Many love their stuffed toys: the mechanical ones, for kids, have been a hit. Mine I bought for my grandchildren when they visit, but they make my LTC friends laugh with joy!
- Find things that replicated hobbies, you can't golf any more, but most LTC have a Wii, and you can play sports Wii!
- Cards, board games, magazine
- Decorate their rooms with joy of past memories, or for the holidays.
My friend, in LTC, Art. I asked if I could take his picture with my dancing, singing rabbit. He said, 'Yes, as long as you don't show my wife!'
A former model, now a resident in my local LTC, loves looking through fashion magazine.
A former head nurse of the local hospital must find it odd being a care recipient.
Visit on a day when there is entertainment, many have musical guests, fun activities, find a calendar of activities and plan your visits around that.
|Musical guests: Keen Like Mustard!|
- Learn a little: Test Your Knowledge
- Be kind, don't be afraid
- Forget the Alzheimer's jokes
- Give caregivers a break
- Visit often, short visits: read about visitor suggestions