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Caregiving for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s or Dementia in Jacksonville

For better or for worse, in sickness and in health,” has likely never rung more true than when a spouse is acting as an Alzheimer’s caregiver in the home. Caregiving for your spouse or life partner with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia can range from simple responsibilities in the early stages to monumental tasks and challenges in the middle and later stages of the disease.

How Alzheimer’s Can Challenge Your Marriage

With the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia, spousal roles can and probably will begin to change rapidly. What was once a strong marriage, and trusted relationship may now start to resemble more of a parent-child relationship.

Often, the most difficult facets of caring for a spouse diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia are the dramatic personality changes and challenging behaviors that can be associated with the disease. In some caregiver relationships, the person with Alzheimer’s willingly accepts the guidance of their spouse and becomes a grateful recipient of the care. In others, the care recipient can become combative, may develop a strong sense of resentment, and display regular outbursts of anger over being told what to do throughout the day.

Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

  • Remember you’re trying to help, and that the difficulties and emotions you’re facing are caused by the disease, not your spouse.
  • Strive for a healthy relationship, create loving encounters, share memories and continue to nurture you marriage.
  • Communicate effectively, working toward solutions with positive, constructive conversations.
  • Maintain a sense of humor. Laughter is a strong medicine that can help the heart, mind and body of everyone involved.
  • Don’t go it alone. Ask for the help of other family members and close friends. Even short breaks from caregiver responsibilities can quickly sooth ruffled feather and rejuvenate the relationship.

Knowing when to get Professional Caregiving Help is Important for both You and Your Spouse.

As much as caregiving for a spouse can bring you together, the changing roles can also push you apart. As the disease progresses, you may need to consider periods of professional respite care for the health and well-being of the caregiver. Or as the disease continues to progress, placing your loved one in one of Jacksonville’s many fine memory care, assisted living or nursing home facilities. These facilities provide a caring and safe environment and professional help with the many aspects of total Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

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