When your parent is losing their memory, it can be devastating and frustrating for the whole family. Here are some tips for caring for someone with dementia.
- Be Kind: Aging isn’t easy. As your parent struggles with life changes, stay positive and provide encouragement.
- Be Involved: Accompany your parent to their doctors appointment and take notes of their recommendations. Stay involved with their care as much as possible.
- Be Supportive: When aging adults loose their memory, they can become easily confused. Offer support and reassurance. You may need to use photos to remind them of memories and their whereabouts.
- Be Patient: People living with dementia may be slow to respond to everyday conversations. Stay calm and allow them time to gather their thoughts.
- Be Alert: With any aging adult, safety is always a priority. When your loved one may need some support or can no longer live on their own, know your options.
- Be Strong: Discussions with people dealing with dementia can be challenging. Their tone and behavior can escalate quickly without explanation. It’s okay to walk away and give your loved one and yourself some space. Know that there will be both good days and bad days.