Coping With Progressing Alzheimer's Symptoms
Last updated: September 2023
Patience is vital when dealing with a loved one's progressing symptoms of Alzheimer's. Here are some tips on how you can practice patience while still being kind and understanding. Doing so will help you avoid getting frustrated or annoyed, which could lead to an argument arising between the two of you. It will also give your loved ones a sense of security, knowing they're not alone in this difficult time.
Tips on how to have empathy and understanding
It can be difficult to deal with the constant changes and fluctuations that come with Alzheimer's. Along with patience, empathy and understanding are key. Here are some tips ve empathy and understanding when dealing with someone who has progressing Alzheimer's symptoms.
Make sure that your loved one knows that their feelings are valid, even if it doesn't make sense to you right now. Listen without judgment and let them know that you're there for them no matter what.
Acknowledge your loved one's feelings - instead of saying "calm down" or "stop being ridiculous," try to understand why they are feeling a certain way. This will show that you care and can help to diffuse any anger or frustration that might be building up. If your loved one is upset, do not tell them why they should not be.
It does not matter what the reason for their distress is; if they are feeling it, that is all that matters.
Try not to take things personally
Just because your loved one is struggling with their cognitive abilities doesn't mean they still don't love you. They may not always be able to express it in the way you're used to, but it's still there.
Avoid arguing with your loved ones about things that they cannot remember. Chances are they won't remember the argument anyway, so there is no point in having it. If they bring something up from the past, try to gently remind them that it's not something they need to worry about anymore.
Educate yourself about the disease. There is a lot of information out there, so take the time to read it. This will help you understand what your loved one is going through and how best to support them. The more you know about Alzheimer's, the more patience you will have.
Take care of yourself
Take breaks when needed. Not taking on too much stress when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's is essential. Make sure to take time for yourself and do things that make you happy. This will help you stay patient and levelheaded while caring for your loved one.
Seek help from professionals or support groups. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it's ok to ask for help. Some professionals specialize in caring for people with Alzheimer's disease, and there are also support groups available to provide you with tools and coping mechanisms.
As mentioned before, this bears repeating because your loved one may not always be able to express their feelings in the same way that they used to. This doesn't mean that they don't still love you. It just means that they are struggling with their illness.
Coping with progressing Alzheimer's symptoms
Remember that this is a difficult time for both of you. The fact that your loved one has Alzheimer's does not mean you are going through this alone. They are also going through a lot of stress and emotional turmoil. Remember that you are in this together and try to support each other as best as possible.
Caring for someone whose Alzheimer's symptoms are progressing can be difficult, but with patience and understanding, it can be done. By following the tips mentioned above, you can create a more supportive environment for your loved one. Remember that they are still the same person underneath the disease, and they will need your love and support more than ever.
If you are struggling to cope with your loved one's diagnosis, please seek help from professionals or support groups. There is no shame in asking for help when you need it. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be very rewarding, but it can also be very challenging. With the right tools and support, you can make it through.
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