Bringing up the topic of caring for or living with dementia at your next summer pool party is a surefire way to turn a festive atmosphere into a subdued atmosphere. Whether you’ve witnessed it firsthand or know only about this disease through what you’ve read, typically the experience has involved negative connotations. And because there is still not a cure, it’s natural that an Alzheimer’s medical diagnosis in a loved one leads to several worries.
What isn’t typically talked about – if at all – are the bright experiences of dementia. Actually, research shows that as few as 25% of individuals with mild or moderate dementia self-describe their own lives as negative. According to Dr. Peter Rabins, author of “The 36-Hour Day” where the study is presented, and a professor at the University of Maryland, “I’ve seen that you can be a wonderful grandparent and not remember the name of the grandchild you adore. You can be with people you love and enjoy them, even if you’re not following the whole conversation.”
It may help to keep in mind that regardless of the external changes noticed in people that have Alzheimer’s or dementia, they are nevertheless the same person inside with many of the same character traits and feelings as always. They benefit from being in a relationship with other people, find comfort in familiar surroundings, and like meaningful, purposeful tasks. It’s a matter of taking the time to better understand the person and dedicating quality time to attempting to engage in hobbies and interests that he or she enjoys.
There are a variety of ways you can help foster wellbeing and a positive outlook on life for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s in the Atlanta metro area, even as the disease progresses. Helping a loved one with socialization is one of our top recommendations. Several relatives are nervous and self-conscious around their family member with dementia, and as a result, have a tendency to cut back on visits or even just abandon them completely. It’s essential to seek out ways to help your loved one continue to be socially connected. Continue to visit, and hire the services of a professional in-home caregiver, such as Regency Home Care of Atlanta, Georgia provides, to fill in the gaps.
Call us at 678.999.2446 for additional suggestions or to discuss further ways to support a loved one with dementia to enhance total well-being. Our professionally trained Alzheimer’s and dementia care team is available to deliver trustworthy respite services, allowing members of the family essential time away to rest and recharge, knowing their family member is in the best of care.