I have five siblings. And aside from normal childhood squabbles, we’ve always gotten along. But there was still some tension around who would do what when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My dad would send out a list of things he needed help with, and we’d all wait for someone else to sign up to do them. Or try to choose the easiest tasks before someone else got them.Continue reading
Being a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s is a tough job. I had five siblings to help with my mom, and we still needed to hire a Kansas City agency that provided Alzheimer’s home care services. So don’t feel bad if you can’t do it all. You’re not alone.Continue reading
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you’re living in Kansas City and caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, we’ve developed a potential list for you that may make your life a little easier. Here are some ideas:
- Improve your communication skills. It can be difficult to communicate with someone who has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia. But you can learn to have meaningful conversations with your loved one with these communication tips.
- Plan inclusive activities. There are lots of activities you can do that can include someone with Alzheimer’s. For example, you can listen to music, take a walk through a Kansas City Park, or look at old photos.
- Discourage wandering. The thought of your loved one who has Alzheimer’s wandering around Kansas City alone can be terrifying. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to discourage or prevent wandering, which can help put your mind at ease.
- Learn to deal with aggressive behavior. People who have Alzheimer’s can become agitated or aggressive because they’re in pain, confused, overstimulated, or tired (or for a number of other reasons). Learning how to prevent or deal with aggressive behavior can ensure a more peaceful household.
- Embrace technology. There have been vast improvements in technology over the last several years that can help you and your loved one lead better lives. Many of them can be found in Kansas City department or technology stores. Some examples include communication aids, motion sensors, and GPS tracking devices.
- Take a break. All caregivers need respite in order to rejuvenate and avoid burnout. And respite care services will not only help you, as a caregiver; interaction with others can also be good for the person with Alzheimer’s.
It’s important for people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia to stay as engaged and as social as possible. And being able to join in and do some of the things they once loved can improve their quality of life.Continue reading