If your parent or loved one develops Alzheimer’s disease, you may find yourself taking on the duties of a caregiver. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s takes flexibility and patience. As your loved one’s ability to manage daily tasks declines, your role is to help them maintain dignity and a sense of independence as they become more dependent on you and others. Consider these practical tips to reduce frustrations and improve your wellbeing.
7 Keys for Caregivers
1. Establish a familiar routine.
2. Encourage involvement in daily life.
3. Help your loved one remain as independent as possible.
4. Remain patient and calm.
5. Consider if pain or discomfort is a cause for agitation.
6. Don’t argue or try to convince logically.
7. Accept behaviors as part of the disease, and don’t take them personally.