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Dementia Care: Tips for Dementia Caregivers

dementia care tips

A guest post written for Happy Healthy Caregiver by Angel Carers.

Caring for someone living with dementia can be a challenge – it’s a complex condition that can often be difficult to understand. People with dementia often have memory problems, mood swings, anxiety and can often feel isolated. Whether you’re caring full-time for someone with dementia, or a few days a week, the following tips may make dementia care just a little bit easier.

Learn How To Communicate

When administering dementia care, be mindful as to how you’re communicating with the person with dementia. It’s important to ensure that they understand exactly what you’re telling them, especially as people with dementia often have a limited attention span. There are a few things you can do to engage with them, including:

  • Adopting positive body language
  • Talk in a pleasant, respectful manner
  • Exaggerate your facial expressions
  • Adopt a positive, upbeat tone of voice
  • Use physical touch to help you to convey your message
  • Turn off any background noise, such as radios and televisions
  • Address your patient by name
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Ensure you are on the same level as them – if they are sitting down, it’s best if you sit, too

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How to Stay Connected with Your Long Distance Aging Parent

A guest post written by Family Caregiver Sarah Allen

Staying Connected with Mom

My mother has taken care of me for most of my life. Now she is struggling with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and I know it is my time to step up to the plate and return the favor.

Rather than continuously visit nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and try to pay for a home aid ourselves, we moved her in with my family and I take care of her.

My sister Emily lives out of town, but is constantly looking for ways to keep in touch because she can’t see my mom every day. With so many families in our situation, most know it is hard to keep in touch with loved ones we can’t see often. Here are some ways that you can stay close to loved ones.

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