Dementia affects memory, cognition, and social abilities. If you are caring for someone with dementia, then you’ll need to deal with the symptoms and changes—cognitive, physical, and psychological—that come with this progressive disease.
It’s Not Easy
Caring for someone with dementia isn’t something that’s automatic, intuitive, or that will come easy or even natural for you, no matter how much you love the person with the disease.
People with dementia have a hard time reasoning or handling complex tasks. They are often confused and disoriented, which makes it difficult for them to handle everyday tasks. Often times that can lead to a lot of frustrating situations, which could set you off. Our advice? Don’t let yourself be drawn into an argument with someone who has dementia. It’s not worth it.
Don’t Ignore Symptoms
Ignoring the symptoms aren’t going to make them go away. If you think your loved ones are starting to show signs of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, then you’ll need to prepare for what’s ahead. Start by making an appointment with the doctor to get a diagnosis and figure out if you’re really dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
You’ll Need Help
Don’t try to take on all the caregiving responsibilities and tasks. If you and your family are having a hard time making the situation work, then it may be ideal to consider bringing home care services into your home.
Research is Your Friend
Don’t try to hire the first home care provider you find. Do thorough research on all angles of seeking professional help. Find credible resources that will help you narrow down your search for help and/or advice.
Improving Brain Health Helps
If your loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, that doesn’t mean it’s too late. While there is currently no cure for the disease, improving your elderly parent’s brain health through mental activity, meaningful activities, physical exercise, and more can do a lot to slow down its progress.
Don’t Feel Guilty
It’s normal to feel guilty for a lot of family members, thinking they should be doing more for their loved one. Running yourself to the ground, exhausted and tired, though, isn’t the best way to do it. Recognize the need for help. Reach out to professionals. By getting enough rest, you can be a better caregiver to your parent.