As any devoted caregiver can tell you, coping with the realities of a senior loved one with dementia is fraught with emotional challenges. As a result of your loved one’s dementia – and through no fault of their own – there are times as caregivers when our hearts break, our frustrations mount and we feel a deep sense of guilt.
All of these emotions can quickly come to the fore when your loved one looks at you and says, "I just want to go home."
The thought of visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can seem rather unsettling. What do I say? How should I act? Will he or she even know who I am and what is happening?
It is perfectly natural and quite understandable for people to feel apprehensive about such a visit. Also, for family members and close friends, it is often difficult to view the progressive effects of memory loss and accept the changes that have occurred in the person they have known and loved.