Article courtesy of FirstCare:
Dementia is indeed a disease that can cause extreme disappointment and severe grief to a family. However, that doesn't need to be the case because all you need to do is to handle the situation properly. It's all about managing things right where you're able to not only improve their overall well-being but yours as well.
Want to learn more? Then read on, as we’ll show you how you can cope with the stress and anxiety that dementia can bring to your family.
Take note, it doesn't always have to be that way!
● Give time for grieving
Dementia is a progressive disease, which means that it gets worse through time and has no cure. Don't settle for false hopes. Accept the situation and don't be in a state of denial. Acknowledge the fact that sooner or later, your family member is going to forget you, and all you have left is the memories you had together. Cherish the moment you have with them because after all, you still have them.
“Dementia patients have a progressive brain condition that can impair their thinking and memory, as well as negatively impact their behavior. Dementia gets worse over time, but proper medication and treatment can slow down its progression.” Jane Byrne, Project Coordinator from
● Remember your relationship with each other
The family member who has dementia can be your parents, spouse, or grandparents. Whichever the case is, they had been a huge part of your life. They made you who you are today, and that’s what you need to remember. Having this in your mind gives you a feeling of gratitude instead of loss.
● Express love and happiness
Get over with grief and frustration as this doesn’t help your family member who has dementia. Showing positive emotions such as joy, compassion, and love creates smooth cardio rhythms, which leads to less stress, stronger immune system, and a stronger physical and emotional health.
● Talk smart
Avoid asking too many questions and getting into confrontations with people with dementia. Keep things simple as much as possible and leave plenty of time for them to answer. Also, make sure that your voice is loud enough for them to hear and understand.
And if possible, repeat your sentences over and over again without showing any sign of frustration. Be patient with them and always make sure that they understand what you’re saying. Give them praise every now and then too so that they won’t be pressured and stressed every time you talk with them.
● Ensure medical maintenance
One of the most important things about living with a family member who has dementia is having medical maintenance. This can come in the form of home-consumable medicines, constant medical therapy sessions, and regular visits to the doctor. Keep them in the best shape possible if you want to slow down the progression of the disease.
Dementia patients aren’t untouchables. They can be our parents, grannies, spouse, or children — people who have full of personality and life. These people are still the same persons you knew and love. The only thing different, though, is that their brain is being slowly eaten away by dementia.
As long as you understand what’s really going on, you can provide the best care possible, that won’t just increase their lifespan, but also make life more worth living for them and for you.