Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is especially difficult. You’re likely presented with situations that you don’t always know how to handle, such as when the person you care for loses his or her temper. The Huffington Post recently published an insightful and touching piece by Marie Marley, a woman who spent seven years caring for her partner suffering from Alzheimer’s. Marley reflects on her time as a caregiver a bit regretfully, but offers forth what she learned from her experience to all other Alzheimer’s caregivers:
As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, Marley says one of the most important things you can do is exercise extra sensitivity and be more thoughtful. Rather than arguing, change the subject – doing so will lead to a better outcome than engaging in a heated bickering match. And rather than correcting mistakes, agree with what they say unless there’s a strong reason not to. Marley said changing her behaviour allowed her to feel closer to her partner again and helped him feel more relaxed and content.
Read the full article here: Confessions of a worn-out Alzheimer’s caregiver.