Coping With Alzheimer’s Disease

September 26, 2015

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating to a family and cause a variety of feelings and emotions. Everyone handles information differently and it is best to address the concerns to help you better deal with the information. There are many emotions from anger and fear to frustration and sadness as family members deal with the changes that are taking place. There are 5 tools to help families cope with Alzheimer’s disease.


Share Responsibility


When deciding on a loved one’s care, focus on everyones abilities, preferences and resources. Some may prefer hands-on care while others may prefer errands or chores. Discuss finances and how obligations will be met.


Meet Regularly


Plan family meetings to stay on top of what is happening and plan accordingly. Everyone should be part of the caregiving team from family to friends. Updates can even be sent through email, Facebook or texting. During the meetings, it is important to address each family members responsibilities and challenges. Be open to help and take on new roles as the situation changes. If needed, ask a mediator to come in to help with any heated issues.


Be Honest


Talk about your challenges in an open, constructive manner without blaming anyone else. If things are becoming too much or you are overwhelmed, express that, so someone knows you need additional help and to share the burden. Don’t shame or blame anyone else and be sure to use “I” statements without focusing on what someone isn’t doing or is avoiding. Be open minded to others feelings and thoughts.


Don’t Criticize


Be supportive of the daily caregivers who provide around the clock care. Respect each individual’s abilities, style and values. There are many ways to care for someone.


Consider Counseling


There are many support groups for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Take advantage of them for advice and counseling. Do not let conflicts tear your family apart. Remember that  enjoying your loved one for as much time as possible is important.


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