Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are progressive disorders that can strike members of any family. When your loved one is diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease, your role in the family may change to a caregiver as you navigate the progression of the disease together.
While each family's experience managing these progressive diseases is unique, commonalities exist that can help you provide better care for your loved one who suffers from a degenerative and ultimately debilitating disease.
Dementia causes a loss of cognitive functioning that interferes with remembering, reasoning, and thinking. However, consistency in routine can increase a sense of stability as the disease progresses. To create consistency in your loved one's routine, develop a plan that includes daily activities and when they will occur, such as bedtime, mealtimes, social activities, and personal hygiene schedules.
Daily routines are vital for both people with Dementia and caregivers as they instill confidence and create a much-needed structure to the day. Some days will be more challenging than others, but keeping as close to the routine as possible.
Provide Mental And Physical Stimulation
Mental and physical stimulation is critical to brain health. By providing plenty of healthy activities for your loved one, you can reduce symptoms associated with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Simulating activities don't always have to be physical; even helping out with household chores or enjoying a hobby can enhance brain health.
Not only will staying active and engaged decreaseyour loved one's aggression, confusion, agitation, and fear, but it will also give you a chance to bond with your loved one in a positive way.
Engage In Treatment
One of the best ways to cope with your loved one's diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease is to engage in their treatment with them. Acclimate yourself with the treatment plan and seek ways to support your loved ones throughout their health journey. As a caregiver or family member of a person suffering from a cognitively debilitating disease, you can participate in their healthcare by learning about innovative supplements and natural therapies that may influence their health. By supporting your family member by educating yourself, you will feel more confident in their care plan.
Take Time For Yourself
A loved one's diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for the entire family. It is easy for caregivers to become emersed in their loved one's disease, leaving little time for concentration on their own mental and physical health. Caregivers must take time to rejuvenate and regenerate their emotional and physical wellbeing.