We found an awesome article talking about handling a loved one with dementia. They talk about the situation if they get dementia how they would want to be treated. This is a good reminder for those caring for one with dementia and how to give them the best that you can. The author created a wish list that she would want her family to follow if she ever had dementia, the list is below.
Rules for a Good Life:
- If I get dementia, I want my friends and family to embrace my reality. If I think my spouse is still alive, or if I think we’re visiting my parents for dinner, let me believe those things. I’ll be much happier for it.
- If I get dementia, I still want to enjoy the things that I’ve always enjoyed. Help me find a way to exercise, read and visit with friends.
- If I get dementia, and I become agitated, take the time to figure out what is bothering me.
- If I get dementia, make sure that there are plenty of snacks for me in the house. Even now, if I don’t eat I get angry, and if I have dementia, I may have trouble explaining what I need.
- If I get dementia, don’t feel guilty if you cannot care for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It’s not your fault, and you’ve done your best. Find someone who can help you, or choose a great new place for me to live.
- If I get dementia, don’t act frustrated if I mix up names, events or places. Take a deep breath. It’s not my fault.
- If I get dementia, don’t exclude me from parties and family gatherings.
- If I get dementia, know that I still like receiving hugs or handshakes.
- If I get dementia, I don’t want to be treated like a child. Talk to me like the adult that I am.
- If I get dementia, remember that I am still the person you know and love.
Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting. Frustrations can start to build when there is a miscommunication between the two of you. Just remember that this is your mom or dad and to take a second to yourself to calm down. Dementia can change a person but they are still the person that has loved and cared for you and now it is your turn to do the same.
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