Posted on Apr 29, 2014
When living with a disease such as Alzheimer’s it is important to understand that you are not the only one that has to adjust. Your loved ones want to help you as much as they can but there are some things that a person with the disease can do to help both them and themselves.
Your spouse and other people that are close to you are going to have to make changes in their life to better suit your needs. It is important to know that. A spouse can feel lonely or lost as a result of how the disease is changing the way you think.
The person to worry about the most in this situation is your spouse. They are most likely going to be the person that is there for you the most. Here are some things you can do to help them:
- Try to keep up with your normal activities and routines.
- Keep an open line of communication. Talk about everything that is bothering either of you.
- Talk to your spouse about how you would like them to help you. You can’t assume that they are going to know what you need from them.
- Organize important documents with your spouse so that they know where to find them.
- Discuss current and future expenses.
- Talk with other couples dealing with the same issues.
- See a therapist or specialist that can help guide your communication.
When it comes to helping the other people in your life, the most important thing is to just stay open and honest with them and try to keep their feelings in mind along the way. The better they understand what you’re going through, the easier it will be for them to keep a normal relationship with you. Do not push people away with the thought that you will be a burden to them. If people are in your everyday life, they must care about you and they will want to be there for you. Try to stay positive and let the people in your life help you.