Mending Dementia Relationships
Does your elderly parent struggle with dementia? Do you find it hard to truly connect again? We hope to help you mend that relationship with your loved one!
Sometimes when your parent is in decline it’s hard to know where to start. Your parent isn’t the same anymore, so your relationship will change. Try to go with the flow and adapt to your family’s new surroundings. You can do this!
Your parent still needs the same basic needs as always, but they may not be able to do these things for themselves anymore. You or their caregiver will be a crucial part in helping them with their everyday needs, which will increase connection. Sometimes the connection that is needed is as simple as hand-holding or eye contact. Other times it may be a short walk to the mailbox or in the driveway to get some exercise. If able, a visit with friends, family, or neighbors could even help. Asking questions about friends and hobbies (new or old) can spark conversation, memory and improve quality of life.
If your parent has a caregiver, they will develop vital relationships with your mom (or dad) as well. They may best connect through the preparation of meals or bathing. Any personal interaction and kindness could greatly improve your parent’s quality of life, and that’s the goal!!
A dementia diagnosis can be scary for the whole family. Just remember that there are ways that you can stay connected and improve the life of your elderly parent or loved one.
Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation.