How To Help Someone Living With Dementia

How To Help Someone Living With Dementia
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When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, it is a scary and stressful time for everyone involved. Everyone diagnosed with these cognitive declines will have a different and unique journey. Some will remain independent and at home with low levels of assistance while others will require greater levels of attention for their own care and safety.

Continue reading for beneficial tips on how to help everyone on this journey whilst making it as easy and comfortable as possible.

Use a Tracking Device

Depending on the individual’s respective cognitive level, there will be a GPS dementia tracker to meet them where they are at. Opt for a device worn as a necklace or used on a keyring, like a watch, as a belt clip or neck pendant, or a smaller device placed in one’s pocket, around their neck, or as a fob. Choose a design that the person will realistically wear and be able to keep on or unable to remove, depending on their stage progression.

A GPS tracker for dementia offers family, friends, and caregivers peace of mind when going to the store together, for a leisurely walk, or even when at home. As the disease progresses, adults with dementia are more likely to wander and can move quickly. A tracking device will help them contact someone for assistance, if they are able, through the push of a button on the tracker. Or, a 24-hour monitoring service can track the wearer’s location if need be.

Knowing you have the ability to locate someone living with dementia at all times will allow you to relax. You will feel more comfortable engaging in routine daily activities without undue worry.

Find a Support System

If you are a caregiver or an adult child overseeing your parent’s care, you must take care of yourself. If you have a family and work responsibilities of your own, other people are relying on your ability to stay on top of your game to provide for them in all of the ways you already are doing. When you add the sometimes burdensome responsibilities of aging parents, you may begin to feel overwhelmed.

Ensure you find realistic and healthy ways to reduce stress and get help before it becomes too much for you to bear. If you have siblings, discuss ways you can spread out and share the responsibilities. Other options are to hire a caregiver, enlist government services for assistance, or move your parents into a care facility.

The best answer will be different for every family that walks the path of loving someone with dementia. Additionally, the path will change over time and as they progress in the disease.

Watch this video for a guide on how to live well while living with dementia. This information will be helpful for everyone.

 

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If your family member will be staying in their home, or yours, take action to make the home easier for them to live in. Do what you can to keep them involved in the world to maximize their ability to achieve enjoyment and reduce isolation.


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Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

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