As any dementia caregiver can tell you, caring for a loved one with dementia is an extremely difficult job, one that challenges both their physical and mental health – even under the best of circumstances. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, dementia caregivers’ lives have become even more stressful and their mental health has become that much more fragile.
At-home caregivers for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia endure a variety of physical and emotional challenges every day. Balancing the multiple responsibilities of home, family and work with caregiving duties can be a huge burden on any human being, leaving little or no time for personal pleasure.
The New Year is a time when we look ahead with optimism and dedicate ourselves to living better lives.
If you are a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, the optimism for the New Year might be tempered somewhat by your loved one’s disease and your own life’s increasing challenges as a dementia caregiver. However, the good news is that there are a few simple resolutions that can make your life in the New Year a healthier and happier one.
“Today, many at-home caregivers struggle with creating daily routines that are beneficial to their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia,” says Heather Miller, Personal Care Administrator at Impressions Memory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
“Caregivers commonly express a variety of concerns such as: How do I organize their day? What routines will mom or dad respond to best? How do I know if I’m doing the right things to relieve their dementia symptoms and improve their quality of life?
Your life as a caregiver is important, too! Unfortunately, in the daily routine of their highly challenging roles, at-home caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia often lose sight of that fundamental fact.
“We all look forward to the holiday season, a time for friends, family, special gatherings, good food and good cheer,” says Steve Carney,Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at ImpressionsMemory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
The busy holiday season can be a hectic time for anyone. However, for families with a loved one with memory loss resulting from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the holidays can bring an extra measure of stress and anxiety.
Memory loss experts say the best way to cope with the approaching holiday season is to anticipate the challenges and plan for them well in advance. By preparing early, you will be in the best position to keep things calm and manageable while still being able to enjoy the most important holiday festivities with your loved one with memory loss.