Dementia causes the gradual loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning abilities, making it difficult for those who want to provide supportive care at the end of life to know what is needed.
Many caregivers have mixed feelings about holidays. They may have happy memories of the past, but they also may worry about the extra demands that holidays make on their time and energy.
“Alzheimer’s disease is challenging, but talking about it doesn’t have to be,” said Ruth Drew, director of Information and Support Services at the Alzheimer’s Association.
Caregivers cannot stop Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behavior, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some suggestions for understanding and coping with these changes.
With many types of senior care available the services they offer can be confusing. Assisted living homes may have memory care units, but there are differences between these and memory care homes.
Effective communication with anyone under any circumstances is vital to nurturing a relationship. People with Alzheimer’s and other dementias may present verbal challenges because of their changes in thinking and cognition.