Dementia is a condition that is difficult for both the patient and family members to cope with on a daily basis. As a result, it’s crucial to understand not only how the disease works and how you can help everyone involved cope.
More than 50 million people are diagnosed with dementia worldwide with nearly 10 million new cases each year, according to the World Health Organization.
If you or someone you love is trying to navigate the disease with grace, consider these tips to help you along the way.
Navigating the Challenges
Many people diagnosed with dementia experience complicated symptoms that may include increased frustration, anger or violence, as well as depression. Despite these challenges, you can help as a family member or caregiver by doing the following:
Focusing on Communication
One of the most common struggles caregivers and families struggle with when caring for a patient with dementia is communication. As the brain disorder progresses, it is more difficult for people with dementia to remember things, communicate with others and even think clearly, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.
Follow these tips to enhance your ability to communicate with a family member diagnosed with dementia:
Finding the Support You Need
Support for people with dementia, as well as their caregivers and family, is essential. Even if you are educated about the disease, make all necessary arrangements to provide comfort and focus on enhancing communication, the reality is that all involved need emotional support.
Start by seeking out local resources available, such as nearby support groups hosted by hospital personnel and counseling centers. National organizations can also provide you with tips, advice, and emotional support.
Utilize these resources to help cope with the changes and learn more about how dementia affects your loved one:
The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center: This service of the National Institute on Aging offers publications on long-term care, research, treatment options, patient care and caregiver needs.
Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return Program: This nationwide program allows families to register dementia patients in a confidential computer database, in the event he or she wanders away.
Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups: Connect with other patients, family members and caregivers who are facing the same struggles as you. The Alzheimer’s Association features both online support groups and information about local meet-ups.
In addition, lean on caregivers, such as the qualified staff from Care Indeed, to help with daily living. Life with any type of dementia is challenging and learning how to accept the challenge is the first step in living life. While you may struggle with grief and loss when coping with the symptoms as a patient, caregiver or family member, the support you need is only a click away.
Care Indeed is committed to providing you the support and in-home caregivers who understand your challenges and daily struggles at work and home. Learn more about how to get the support you need while living with Dementia.
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