Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a profoundly stressful and difficult experience, but it is important to remember not to take your loved one’s irritation, fear, moodiness or aggression personally – dementia causes all of these things. When these symptoms strike, visual cues and deflection or redirection can often be more effective and less stressful for both you and the person you are caring for. Lastly, understand that sometimes putting your loved on into an assisted care setting really is the best thing to do, as they can offer things that you cannot.
- Remember that irritability, aggression, confusion and depression are all symptoms of dementia and not something you caused.
- Visual cues and reminders and redirection of attention are often more effective and less stressful for both caregivers and loved ones than long verbal explanations.
- Although many people feel guilt or inadequacy over even considering an assisted care living arrangement, sometimes these really can provide a better life for dementia patients.
“There are things you can do to help your aging loved one be happy, safe and as independent as possible.”