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Caregiving for Loved One with Alzheimer’s in Jacksonville

Caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can range from simple everyday jobs in the early stages to colossal tasks and challenges in the middle and later stages of the disease.

This reality can and will challenge any relationship when you are acting as a memory loss caregiver in the home.  

Once the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia has been made it can be expected that what was your normal relationship will begin to change rapidly. What was once a strong marriage, or trusted relationship may now start to resemble more of a parent-child relationship.

 

Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Memory Loss Can Challenge Any Relationship

Typically on of the most difficult aspects of caring for a spouse diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia are the dramatic personality changes and challenging behaviors are commonly associated with the memory loss. In some caregiver relationships, the person with Alzheimer’s willingly accepts the guidance of their caregiver and is an appreciative 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 activities of a regular.

 

Tips for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Loss Caregivers

ü  Remember you’re there to help, and that the difficulties and emotions you’re facing are caused by the disease, not your loved one.

ü  Never lose your temper, make fun of, or talk down to your loved one.

ü  Strive for a well-rounded healthy relationship, create loving encounters, share memories and continue to nurture your relationship.

ü  Communicate effectively, speaking in terms that your loved one is capable of responding to, working toward solutions with positive actions and constructive conversations.

ü  Maintain a sense of humor. Laughter is a strong medicine that can help the heart, mind and body of everyone involved.

ü  Don’t go it alone. Ask family members and close friends for the help. Even short breaks from caregiver responsibilities can quickly sooth ruffled feather and rejuvenate the relationship.

 

Knowing when to Seek Professional Caregiving Help is Important

As much as caregiving for a loved can bring you together, the changing roles can also push you apart. As the disease progresses, you may need to consider regular periods of professional Respite Care for the health and well-being of everyone. Or as the disease continues to progress, it may be time to placing your loved one in one of Jacksonville’s many fine Memory Care, Assisted Living or Nursing Home communities. These communities provide a caring and safe environment and professional help with the many aspects of total Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory care.

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