It can be frustrating, even heartbreaking, when your parent has dementia. These tips on routines, communications and coping with emotions can help.
Dec 14, 2016Alzheimer's Disease
By Tracy Layden
Between forgetting names and misplacing keys, we are all familiar with the frustration of forgetfulness. But memory loss due to aging is more than just frustrating. It can be heartbreaking. Even worse, there is no clear-cut cure.
When Dad (or Mom) is having trouble with memory, it's important to remember that this experience is just as hard for him as it is for you.
Although there is no single one-size-fits-all solution, dementia experts recommend the following tips to help your parent or other loved one through this difficult time.
Keeping a Routine
Structure and routines may make daily living less stressful for your parent—and you.
Time and patience go a long way.
Managing Your Emotions
There's no doubt that this is a tough time. Dad will pick up on your emotions, even if he can't remember why. Take the time to take care of your physical and mental health. Both you and Dad will be better off for it.
Dealing with Memory Loss
When Dad has memory loss, the most important thing is to be there for him.
Be patient with him, and be patient with yourself. Your support and compassion will help him make the most of his golden years.
Tracy Layden is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, California, Tracy leads the marketing efforts at Alert-1, a personal safety technology and consulting firm dedicated to helping seniors live safely and independently. Tracy holds a degree in mathematics from Scripps College.