Keeping the Peace—Living with a Loved One with Dementia in Kansas City

Family dynamics are real. People tend to fall into roles within the family structure in order to meet the demands of a life. There are leaders, breadwinners, decision-makers, hearth-keepers, those who create order, those who keep the peace, the family clown, and dreamers. Whatever the roles may be, things get turned upside down when symptoms of dementia begin to manifest. Suddenly the decision-maker forgets the banker’s name, or the caregiver can’t recall a family member’s birthday.

Thoughtful Care in Kansas City has experienced professional caregivers who deal with these changes every day. Our care providers in Mission Hills, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit and North Kansas City have a few words to say when these family dynamic change.

  • Go with the flow. Dementia is hard on everyone. Try to understand when the dementia is talking versus when your loved one trying to express his or herself.
  • Take care of number one. Find your people—a support group for people who live with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can give you tools and perspective.
  • Choose your battles. How important is it? Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy? Know the difference between standing important ground and getting in a petty power struggle.

Call us today to find out how you can get the support you need. Our memory care professionals can make a tailored plan to help your family stay strong, even when dementia brings changes.