An estimated 5.8 million Americans who are over the age of 65 are living with some form of dementia or memory loss, and that number is expected to increase. It can be hard to see your loved one’s cognitive abilities decline, and it can also make caregiving more taxing. How can you support your loved one without burning yourself out?
No family is an island and working with an experienced care team will make sure that your loved one has a high quality of life and is able to delay further decline as much as possible. Senior Care Lifestyles can help you find compassionate professionals that will help with all aspects of your loved one’s care. Additionally, the senior’s doctor should review their current medications to determine if adding a Alzheimer’s medication might be appropriate. When every part of the care team is coordinated and working together, it’s easy to reap the benefits.
Those with cognitive impairments often engage in behaviors that can be frustrating and upsetting for caregivers and family members. Sometimes this looks like fixation on an activity and repeating it multiple times. In other cases, it could look like aggression or paranoia. Some adults with dementia experience these issues early in the progression, while others will slowly develop them over time.
It’s important to remember that there will naturally be ups and downs and maintaining patience and a sense of humor can help. You can also practice techniques to manage these behaviors, like keeping your questions simple and only asking one at a time. Breaking complex tasks down into components can also help. For example, instead of saying, “Please sit down and have a snack,” you could say, “Please sit down. Here’s a snack for you to eat.” Chaining multiple tasks together can lead to more confusion.
Because cognitive decline can be gradual, it’s important to determine their current baseline needs and be prepared to reassess them annually (or more often). Some of the types of care that you should consider assessing your loved one for include:
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