Posted on Sep 19, 2013
Helping Seniors Remember Family and In Home Dementia and Alzheimers Care
Alzheimer’s and other dementia related diseases are difficult to learn to cope with. You may have an elderly loved one who has recently been diagnosed with a dementia related disease. They may have good days and other days where they are very agitated because they can’t remember things like they think they should. It’s understandable that it would be very irritating to not be able to recall simple details like they used to.
Helping an aging loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia can be difficult. We understand that you want to help your senior cling on to their memory for as long as possible. While every caregiver is different, and every patient is unique, there are still a few do’s and don’ts that every caregiver should follow when helping seniors remember.
It can be very frustrating for your elderly loved one to learn to cope with a memory deteriorating disease like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. There are times where they may even feel fearful because they are unable to recognize faces and locations where they are. It’s important that you never ask your loved one, “don’t you remember?” They already feel bad that they can’t recall, and saying this makes them feel as if they have done something wrong.
Whenever possible, learn as much as you can about your loved one’s past. It helps if you can help to bring back memories of their friends, family and history. You can research by looking through old photo albums. Perhaps your loved one kept a journal. If they are okay with it, reading through may help you gather information about them and help you to understand their actions and reactions.
Remember never to force your elderly loved one to do anything. If they will not eat, take a small break, and come back to it. Same goes for bathing and other activities that may bring resistance. Being stubborn never helped anyone, especially a person who is struggling with a dementia disease like Alzheimer’s.
It is important to remember to treat your loved one like the adult that they are. Treating them like less than a normal human being can be very hurtful. Hold back any form of baby talk and don’t’ talk about them like they are not in the room.
Coping with dementia is something that requires the entire family’s participation. If all are involved with helping your senior remember and are on the same page when it comes to caring for your loved one, there is more chance of success and an overall improvement in their wellbeing.
If you would like to learn more about in home senior care and in home dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Big Lake to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-262-9966! Senior Helpers of Big Lake provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Elk River, Monticello, Zimmerman, Big Lake, St. Michael, St. Cloud, Minnesota.