Nationwide, ordinary individuals are being thrust into the caregiver role for their aging parents. According to most recent estimates, millions of people are currently caring for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. For many of these caregivers, their loved one’s daily care demands can be overwhelming. To help simplify the process and provide a little clarity during these trying times, here are some of our best tips for caregivers or people with dementia.
Everyday Care for Individuals with Dementia
When Alzheimer’s disease or dementia begins to present, most individuals will experience changes in their ability to remember, think, or reason to the extent that it affects their daily lives or activities. Ultimately, individuals with these cognitive diseases will need help with simple tasks that they cannot complete on their own, including bathing, dressing, or routine grooming. While receiving assistance may upset the individual receiving care, here are a few tips to help ease into the process early on:
Communication Barriers for Individuals with Dementia
It is not uncommon for communication to be a challenge for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia because they have difficulty remembering things. Because of this, they can often become agitated or angry or might have trouble finding the right words to express how they feel. Although this may also make you feel frustrated, maintaining patience and remembering that the disease is causing communication breakdown can help. Some other tips to ease into the process include:
Caring For Yourself as a Caregiver
One final set of tips that we would like to provide is for you as a caregiver. While this process can be rewarding, it can also be extremely overwhelming at times. Sometimes you might feel alone or even angry. This is a sign that you are taking on too much alone and need to find the time to also take care of yourself to improve your own mental health. While this may not be possible without a support network, here are some tips that can help caregivers of people with dementia find some relief:
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