This Article is About
short term memory
personal hygiene
mood swings
loving person
quiet room
forgetfulness
How To Become A Loving, Caring Caregiver
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

None of us are born with caregiver skills, especially skills to care for a love one with dementia. But we can learn the necessary skills. Gaining knowledge about dementia greatly enhances the skill level of the caregiver. We must learn what dementia is.

First of all, dementia is not a disease, but a series of symptoms. The symptoms include mood swings, changes in behavior, loss of short-term memory, inability to reason and communicate. There are three stages of dementia: the early, the middle, and the late stage.

In the early stage the symptoms are still mild. One of the early signs of dementia is forgetfulness. As the dementia progresses to the middle stage you may see mood swing, some loss of reasoning, more confusion and ability to communicate effectively, When the dementia reaches the late stage, the person with dementia may incur these symptoms: inability to recognize family members or friends, inability to speak, and lack of personal hygiene.

A love one with dementia may become angry. She may feel like she's losing control of her life. The love one's personality begins to change. She may have been sweet, charismatic, and loving person. The dementia changes all that. And that's no fault of her own.

Learning to effectively communicate with the love one afflicted with dementia is no doubt challenging, but is achievable. Here are some tips on communicating and coping with your love one.

Hugs, hand-holding, a kiss on the cheek can go a long way in calming your love one. These actions tell her that she is still loved and cared about.

When the love one is trying to communicate with you and is struggling to find the right words, it's okay to suggest words.

When trying to communicate with your love one, remove any distractions such as the television, loud radio, or noisy grand-children. These things will only confuse your love one even more. Move her to a quiet room like the bedroom.

Break down activities into simple easy-to-understand steps. This will help to avoid any confusion.

When asking questions, simplify that too. Ask simple questions, simple yes or no questions. Be clear and concise when asking a question.

Be aware of your own body language. Your love one can still understand an "angry stance". Show a loving, positive, and caring body language.

When your love one is angry or aggitated it's a good idea to distract her by suggesting more pleasant things to do like go for a stroll.

Long term memory is the caregiver's ally. It really is. Tell stories from your love one's past. Use humor to communicate. Tell a funny story or joke that the love one remembers from her past. That will go a long way in helping communicate with her.

So being a caregiver is not easy, but remember this.....it's an act of love.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Slowing Down To Move Forward
Can it really be possible to be more productive, more successful by slowing down? This concept doesn't seem to add up quite right. Especially if we our work is competitive and there are ladders to climb. I don't know many people that would argue against the fact that we need…
By: Ally D in  Health and Fitness  >  Anxiety   Feb 27, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

Remember Your Dream
I find dreams fascinating. I suppose this is because I say to people that I rarely dream or that I dream, but that I can’t remember my dreams. It is said that everyone dreams, yet there is no real scientific proof that this is true. Clearly I go to sleep…
By: Katie Sheldon in  Self Improvement  >  Mind Development   Mar 29, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

We All Suffer From Forgetfulness
Have you ever walked in the kitchen or any other room and forgot what you went there for? Well it has happen to me many times. We have so many thoughts in our head that sometimes the last one we had is the first one to go. Then when you…
By: Julie Larralde in  Self Improvement  >  Inspirational   Jul 27, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Childhood Revisited
It's a paradox of ones senior years that as short-term memory deteriorates, distant experiences come into sharp focus. In the long span of years from my twenties to my sixties, I fled the past. My goal was to reinvent myself, because previous decades seemed boring, confining, or downright depressing. The…
By: Susan LaDue in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Mar 04, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

What's wrong with your memory?
So you just forgot what I told you, just five minutes ago! What's wrong with your memory? why can't you remember what I just said! . Can you remember being told off at school or at work for not remembering what was said? If you can, then you have just…
By: Jamie12 in  Self Improvement  >  Memory Training   Mar 10, 2013  
0
  Likes: 2

Mental Changes Can Start at 45: British Medical Research Reveals Decline Starts Sooner Than Previously Believed
British researchers have published a new study in the British Medical Journal that may cause many people to start questioning some of their daily habits. That study, conducted with more than seven thousand civil servants, has looked at over ten years of data to come to the conclusion that despite…
By: amie nogrady in  Health and Fitness   Jan 08, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

The Coconut Oil Treatment For Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia which develops slowly and worsens over time. The most common symptoms include memory loss and changes in one's behavior. This disease is not a normal part of aging and is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. There may…
By: melissa3 in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Nov 29, 2012  
4
  Likes: 4

I'm Fifty, Fifty Years Old And I Like to Wear Moisture Wicking Clothes
Molly Shannon, of Saturday Night Live fame, once played a character named Sally O'Malley who was so proud she was fifty years old, that she shouted, "I'm 50, 50 years old. 50 years old. I like to do plies. 50 years old.". She wore a tight red jumpsuit and proceeded…
By: Michael44 in  Health and Fitness  >  Mind Body Spirit   Aug 19, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Effects Of Heart Aneurysm
One of the most common causes of death these days is due to the bursting of major blood vessels damaging the vital organs such as the heart or the brain. This can occur due to a number of reasons with aneurysm being one of leading causes. Aneurysm is the bulging…
By: Alice Cussler in  Health and Fitness  >  Diseases   Sep 05, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Small Business Resources And Tools
Small business tools are many, but few surpass the three named below. I use the three I recommend on a daily basis, and am proud to share my findings. I will point out that one I did not recommend, which is also free, and I see it being used more…
By: Dale Burks in  Business  >  Productivity   Mar 06, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

What Weed Does To Your Brain
For those of you who smoke marijuana frequently, you might have be wondering or perhaps thought about what weed does to your brain. It's something people ask quite often and perhaps it's because of the effects of weed, that has them wondering if their behavior is related to the effects…
By: Dave Hutchison in  Health and Fitness  >  Drug Abuse   Mar 01, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1

5 Ways In - Home Aged Care Can Benefit Your Elderly Relative
Caring for a senior loved one can be difficult. If there comes a time when your relative can no longer be alone, you may be worried about what the best option is for her care. In-Home care can be the best of both worlds, allowing your loved one to remain…
By: David A. Waddell in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   May 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Get Funeral Services In the Best Possible Way
When someone leaves for a heavenly abode, it is undoubtedly a very difficult time for the family. A funeral service, where the closed ones makefuneral plans Southampton, is a way through which you can ensure that the deceased receives all the love that he/she deserved. Many organisations offerfuneral services Southampton…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Apr 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Benefits Of Hiring An Experienced Funeral Director
When there is a tragic death, people try to make funeral arrangements Southampton themselves. However, between the loss of a loved one and the funeral arrangements, the family is somewhere lost and unable to say goodbye to the deceased in a proper way. This is where experienced funeral directors Southampton…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Apr 04, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

The Best Way to Make Funeral Plans
Losing a loved one can prove to be challenging. There are serious emotional-related issues that can arise following the loss of a loved one. The pain is difficult to bear or even comprehend. It cannot be even explained by the person experiencing it. You have no choice but to make…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Home and Family  >  Elder Care   Apr 03, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1387    Report this Article