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A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS

 

 

Caregiver Tips

 

Some tips offered by caregivers:

 

  • Discuss important decisions early in the diagnosis of dementia.
  • Include family in planning discussions, when appropriate.
  • Short-term memories are usually lost first, so have conversations about things in the past they can remember.
  • Music from the past can bring back memories, and can be calming.
  • When playing games, allow your loved one the time they need to play.  If the game becomes frustrating, change to a different activity.
  • Keep instructions simple.  Few words are sometimes best. Don’t add too many steps to instructions.  Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Don’t assume that if you are asked for advice that your loved one cannot make a decision.  Even people without dementia ask for advice and like to talk things out with family and friends.
  • As memory gets worse, don’t argue about things they can’t remember—they aren’t forgetting on purpose.
  • Don’t repeatedly ask if they know someone—that can lead to frustration.  They may know someone without remembering their name.
  • Maintain a daily routine.  Change can be frustrating.  Let your loved one do what they can for themselves as long as they are safe.
  • If drinking with a cup is hard, use a straw so they can suck the liquid.  If using a spoon or fork is too hard to use, let them use their hands.
  • Anger can be a sign of frustration or pain.  Try to recognize pain early and act appropriately.

 

 You can search for more tips on the Internet by searching “tips for working with dementia care.”

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