How can you slow the progression of dementia in yourself or someone else?
Below are some coping strategies you can try:
• Learn about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss.
• Keep a journal to record your emotions.
• Participate in a local support group.
• Seek individual or family therapy.
• Speak with a member of your spiritual community or someone else who can assist you with your spiritual needs.
• Volunteer, exercise, and participate in events for people with memory loss to stay active and involved.
• Spend quality time with loved ones.
• Join an online community of others who are going through similar issues.
• Experiment with new mediums of expression, such as art or music, or writing.
• Delegate decision-making assistance to someone you can trust.
Caregiving for a dementia patient
Listening, reminding the individual that they can still enjoy life, being supportive and upbeat, and trying your best to help the patient keep dignity and self-respect are ways you may help a person manage the sickness.
Support for caregivers and people who help them.
Caring for a dementia patient is both physically and emotionally taxing. Anger and guilt are prevalent emotions: frustration and discouragement, worry, sadness, and social isolation.
If you’re a caregiver or a care partner for someone with dementia:
• Participate in caregiver courses and learn about the disease.
• Learn about helpful resources in your neighbourhood, such as respite care or adult care, which can provide you with scheduled breaks from caregiving during the week.
• Seek assistance from close family and friends.
• Maintain your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
• Ask anything you want from medical professionals tending to your loved one.
• Participate in peer support groups.