Whether it’s done from a place of love and devotion, or from necessity because it’s your job, caring for those with Alzheimer’s takes a tremendous amount of patience, acceptance, and understanding. Eventually, every caregiver, paid or unpaid, learns the truth of the statement, “All behavior is communication.” When someone with dementia is repeating the same story, again, for the third time or accusing you of stealing their money, what they are really trying to communicate is their world no longer makes sense and they need help.
Maybe they’ve forgotten how to go to use the toilet or, maybe they don’t want to listen to your medical opinions, or maybe they are happier than they’ve ever been, but can’t take their own medication anymore. In these kinds of situations, the caregiver’s world doesn’t make sense either. A challenging part about being a caregiver, is adjusting our OWN beliefs, behaviors, and expectations as the care provider. The best way to do that is to learn new knowledge and new skills.
How do you learn to not respond with anger or defensiveness when you’re accused of hiding their favorite socks? What do you say instead of, “Remember, I told you….” when you’ve told them 5 times already and they don’t remember?
If you’re ready to learn new ways of caring for your loved one with dementia and yourself, or better understand anyone with dementia that you come into contact with at your job, register now to attend the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar on Jan 27, 2023 from 9 am to 5 pm. This class will be held via Zoom and is an interactive course for those who care for and work with people diagnosed with dementia. Your instructor, Cynthia Perthuis, is a licensed Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer with years of experience working with families and providers to teach them the art of caring for those with these diagnoses. She has also spent a great deal of time around her father, grandmother and great-grandmother who all suffered from dementia as they aged. Topics covered will include: