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Tips for Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s

By Vicki Crow

 

One of the hardest parts of caring for an aging loved one is the possibility he or she will develop Alzheimer’s or a similar form of memory loss. September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. This event was founded by Alzheimer’s Disease International to promote awareness and educate people about how to handle caregiving responsibilities when a senior suffers from this debilitating disease. While it can be stressful, there are simple steps family members and nurses can take to help those suffering.

 

Find Activities Both of You Can Enjoy

It is difficult for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s to initiate spontaneous actions. Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the caretaker to bring up things the two of them can do together. It is vital to find activities that are within the realm of possibility for the individual with Alzheimer’s. For example, one great activity to pursue is leisurely walks in the park. This also makes for a good activity because it allows the two of you to talk, and having regular conversations with the patient can help tremendously.

 

Maintain Open Dialogue About the Condition

Many people do not like talking about Alzheimer’s with the person suffering from it. It tends to take on the role of an “elephant in the room.” However, being open and honest about the disease can actually make the senior more comfortable. Naturally, all conversations related to Alzheimer’s need to have a sensitive tone rather than a judgmental one.

 

Focus on Things Within Your Control

Many caregivers grow weary of taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s because they want to make the loved one remember certain events or have a better behavioral state. The things you can control are your own emotional and behavioral reactions to the condition. You should focus your efforts on these to remain in a better mental state throughout the caregiving.

 

Take Care of Yourself

People who look after those with Alzheimer’s often put in all their time and energy on the senior citizen. However, to offer the best care, you also need to care for yourself. You need to make sure you are getting enough sleep every night and are maintaining a healthy diet. You also want to take time out of the week to focus on hobbies and activities you like. This will allow you to care for the other person in a more relaxed state.

 

When you realize you need help caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, reach out to the professionals at Home Helpers of Walnutport. We are here to answer all your questions, so send us a message through our contact form when you need guidance.