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Caring for a person with dementia

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia also affects those closest to the person. If you are a family member or a close friend, you may decide to provide care for that important person in your life. As fulfilling as that role is, it will have challenges.

Please remember there is not one right way to provide care and you will need to experiment to find what works best for both of you. Your ability to provide care will be impacted by:

  • Your relationship with the person with dementia
  • The personalities of both the person with dementia and yourself
  • The ability of each of you to adapt to changes caused by the disease, including your physical, emotional, psychological and financial resources
  • Your day-to-day expectations, such as being an employee, parent, volunteer, and your place of residence

As the journey progresses, you will get better at solving problems and will build the self-confidence to assist with  other challenges, such as helping with financial decisions and helping the person complete everyday tasks.

By educating yourself about dementia and caregiving, you have the ability to maintain quality of life for both of you.  Yes, at times, it will feel overwhelming. Please reach out to your local Alzheimer Society for support and information that will help you manage the challenges of caregiving. You are never alone.
  • Learn about dementia, its impact and the major transition points in the caregiving journey. Learn more...
  • Contact your local Alzheimer Society resource centre to find out about services and learning opportunities in your community. Learn more...
  • Educate yourself on what to expect in each stage of the disease and learn tips and strategies on how to provide care. Enroll in a local caregiver education session...
  • Seek support from other caregivers. Join a support group for tips and strategies on how to maintain your quality of life. Find out more...
  • Plan for the future early in the caregiving journey while the person with dementia can participate. Learn more...
  • Communication: Alzheimer's disease and other dementias diminish the ability to communicate. Learn techniques that allow you and the person with dementia to engage in effective and meaningful interactions. Read more…
  • Maintain a safe environment. A dementia friendly environment will help to connect the person to the past while keeping them safe in the present. Read more...
  • Driving is a tough issue facing the person with dementia and caregivers.  A diagnosis of dementia does not always mean that a person is immediately incapable of driving. What matters, from both a legal and a practical point of view, is if an individual is still able to drive safely. Read more…
  • Look after yourself.  Try to be positive and find joy in everyday things. Know your boundaries in the caregiving role. Read more...
 


Last Updated: 07/19/17
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