Getting the news that a loved one has dementia can be heartbreaking. It can often leave a person feeling lost when it comes to what should be done next. As we approach Valentine’s Day and in honor of Kemper House Worthington’s culture built around love, we want to help give you a place to start to love through actions.
Your parent was likely your caretaker for years, so a role reversal can be uncomfortable. Add the pressure of pointing out possible memory loss, and the conversation may get even trickier.
Here are some tips to help you have a calm and effective discussion about your loved one’s dementia.
If your mom or dad has been diagnosed with dementia or cognitive impairment, it’s important to approach their care with an open mind. Remember that their disease is not who they are, and adjusting your approach to their needs will help you both navigate this time of transition.
The year’s final months are often colder and darker, which can make anyone feel gloomy or restless. But they significantly impact people with memory loss. If your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s, there are steps you can take to keep them safe throughout winter.
The holidays are a bright and sometimes noisy time of year. While that festivity may be fun for some, it can be overwhelming for people with memory loss and their caregivers.
Have you ever noticed how a favorite song can put you in a better mood? Or how a toe-tapping beat brings a smile to your face?
Feeding your body also feeds your brain, but consuming certain foods can put you at risk for memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
As your mom’s dementia or Alzheimer’s progresses, she may exhibit behavior that makes it difficult to conduct daily care. That might include aggression, agitation, confusion or sadness.
Exercise has long been known to improve emotional health by reducing stress and releasing feel-good endorphins. It also supports the physical well-being of your brain, which lowers your risk for cognitive decline and slows the progression of memory loss.
If your mom has dementia, keeping her mind engaged will support her cognitive health. Brain-stimulating activities have been proven to slow the progression of memory loss and reduce sleep problems, which contribute to mental clarity.