November is Nation Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and National Family Caregiver Month. Being a caregiver or having a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult. As the holiday season approaches, we want you to know that you have our support. Although this time of year is often filled with love and family, it can also add stress onto caregiver’s and families as their schedules become busier.
If you know a family who’s dealing with Alzheimer’s, we encourage you to extend some kind words or helping hand this holiday season. Here a ten tips to get you started:
- Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease
-Learn about its effects and how to respond.
- Stay in touch
-A card, a call or a visit means the world to a caregiver, and shows that you care.
- Be patient
-Adjusting to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is an ongoing process and each person reacts differently.
- Offer a shoulder to lean on
-The disease can create stress for the entire family. Simply offering your support and friendship is helpful.
- Engage the person with dementia in conversation
-It’s important to involve the person in conversation even when his or her ability to participate becomes more limited.
- Offer to help the family with its to-do list
-Prepare a meal, run an errand or provide a ride.
- Engage family members in activities
-Invite them to go on a walk or participate in other activities.
- Offer family members a reprieve
-Spend time with the person with dementia so family members can go out alone or visit with friends
- Be flexible
-Don’t get frustrated if your offer for support is not accepted immediately. The family may need time to assess its needs.
- Get involved with the Alzheimer’s Association
-Show your support by becoming an advocate or participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and The Longest day.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, love and thanks. Thank you all for supporting the Alzheimer’s Association! Hug your loved ones and caregiver’s (for any disease!!) extra tight this month!