10 Things Dementia Caregivers Need to Know
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementias poses many challenges. These are progressive disorders that diminish clear thinking, memory, communication, and eventually the ability to take care of oneself. Many times dementias are accompanied by behavioral changes including mood swings, anxiety, depression, fear and irritability. As the caregiver of a friend or family member, you are taking on an important role that demands patience, awareness and a special understanding of the obstacles ahead.
Aside from day-to-day considerations – such as preparing healthy meals, making a safe environment, assisting with activities of daily living and tending to healthcare needs – there are other aspects of dementia caregiving that must be addressed.