Make life easier with key Alzheimer’s caregiver tips
We’ve put together 6 key Alzheimer’s caregiver tips and resources that give a solid foundation. These essentials help both new and experienced caregivers feel calmer and more in control.
1. Get an accurate diagnosis so treatment can be tailored
2. Understand the disease to better cope with changes
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is confusing and stressful. As the saying goes, knowing is half the battle.
Getting as much information as possible will prepare you for what’s ahead and help you become an even better caregiver. Learning how their disease works helps you cope with your older adult’s symptoms and behaviors.
3. Learn new ways to communicate to reduce arguments and frustration
One of the most essential things to know about caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is that your communication methods will need to change.
Learning new ways of communicating helps both of you. Your older adult will be less likely to get angry or agitated and your life will be easier and less stressful when they’re calm.
4. Use expert tips to manage challenging Alzheimer’s behaviors
Alzheimer’s and dementia are complex brain diseases that change your older adult’s behavior. Many of these behaviors can test the limits of even the most patient caregiver.
5. Change the way you spend quality time together
Even though the disease may have changed how your older adult acts, it’s still important to spend quality time with them. This helps them feel safe, happy, and content and helps you feel more connected.
The activities you share will need to change as the disease progresses and their cognitive abilities decline. Meaningful conversations or complex hobbies might not work well anymore.
6. Prevent severe chronic stress and burnout with regular breaks
You can’t completely eliminate the stresses of caregiving, but there are ways to manage it and reduce the negative effects on your body and mind.
The most important thing is to not try to do it alone. Caregiving requires a team, no matter if it’s made up of family, friends, hired helpers, outside services like an adult day program, or a combination. This gives you much-needed regular breaks and time to recharge.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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