Visiting and caring for a Parent with Alzheimer's Disease!
The Alzheimer Society of Canada has some excellent strategies on how to visit and care for a person with Alzheimer Disease. Some families are at such a loss, and this is an issue that touches 500,000 Canadians everyday.
Choose a time to visit that is best suited to the person. Shorten your visit if the person is starting to show signs of being tired.
Communication is the key. Use gestures as well as words to round out your communication. Pace your conversation, allowing time for the person to think and respond.
Introduce yourself. If the person looks confused, identify yourself again and why you are visiting today.
Remember to laugh and be joyful. Recall fun events you both shared. Take pleasure in the smallest acknowledgment.
Be prepared to listed. People with this disease may want to share their feelings. Remain open and understand that every emotion and story is very real to them. Don't tell them that didn't happen.
Establish connections through common interests. Continue to do things like you did before - hobbies for example. Listen to music, take the time to find their new strengths and capitalize on those.
Show you care. We all communicate in different ways, through touch, smiling and non-verbal cues. If you are relaxed, then they will be relaxed. But be yourself.
Caring for the Caregiver (the spouse or extended family)
Let the person know you are always available to listen when they feel over-whelmed and need to talk.
Do little things - they mean a lot. If you are going shopping phone and ask if you can pick something up for them.
Five the caregiver a break, encourage them to look after themselves.
Provide a change of scenery to that person, make it so easy for them to join in they can't resist.
Phone them, e-mail them, send a note - anything will matter to them. This disease effects everyone in the family don't forget the all the people in the entire family.
Remember this is a long journey, please provide support anyway you can, for a long as needed.
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