Coping with aging parents can be challenging, particularly if your parent is suffering with dementia. Both you and they will be upset by a diagnosis and will need to develop strategies for coping with their changing behaviour.
Here are a few tips on how to provide proper care for your aging parent with dementia:
Make Practical Changes
A parent with dementia may struggle to do things that they did previously. You can help them to adapt to their new ability level. Leave notes and prompts around the house to make daily tasks that bit easier. Make changes around the home to improve safety. When it comes to completing tasks, break them down into more manageable steps. And perhaps focus on the process rather than the completion of a task. This makes things less distressing for your parent when things don’t go to plan.
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