According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are more than six million Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and it is extremely important that these individuals get the support and care that they need. If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease, here are three ways that you can help support them.
1. Stay in Touch
Loneliness is a real concern when it comes to aging loved ones, and it can be especially devastating for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. In order to support your loved one the best that you can, make sure to stay in touch with them, both in person or over the phone. Going to see them or just giving them a call can mean a lot and it shows that you care. While it may seem like a simple thing, it can have a huge impact on ensuring that your loved one feels supported and loved.
2. Be Patient
Adjusting to life with Alzheimer’s can be difficult, especially for the person with the diagnosis. Because of this, it’s important that you show your support by being patient and providing a shoulder to lean on while they adjust. Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s affects each person differently, and it can cause a lot of stress both for the loved one diagnosed with the disease, and their close family members. By being there to listen and support your loved ones, you can help get them through the difficult transition.
3. Encourage Homecare Services
One of the ways to support a family living with Alzheimer’s disease is to encourage homecare services for the family caregivers. Family caregivers can use a respite, even if they don’t recognize the need for it. This regular outside help might be just what the family needs to feel refreshed and be able to make caregiving sustainable for the long-term. An in-home caregiver can stay with the person who has Alzheimer’s while the family caregiver is able to get some much needed time away, get refreshed and recharged at a support group or religious service, or run errands. Services like this can be an essential support for families living with Alzheimer’s disease.
If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, keep these three tips in mind so that you can give them the support that they need, and be sure to share this post to bring awareness this National Alzheimer’s Month. While it can be stressful, it’s important to remember your loved one’s needs so that they can continue to thrive.