Don’t Fill in the Blanks

Don’t Fill in the Blanks: If you find your loved one is struggling to find the right words to describe what they mean, it is often better to give them time to come up with the right word on their own instead of trying to help with your own suggestions to avoid them getting upset. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.

Resources for Working Caregivers

Resources for Working Caregivers: If you’re a caregiver who needs to keep their job during the day, these services can help: adult day care centers, adult day health care centers, respite programs, sitter programs, home health service, or your local Alzheimer’s association. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.

Reality Shifts

Reality Shifts: Telling the difference between what is real or not becomes increasingly difficult as dementia progresses. Limiting TV time and incorporating activities that make them aware of their surroundings can help with this. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.

Ensuring Mealtimes

Ensuring Mealtimes: To ensure your loved one is getting enough to eat, you may need to start going on shopping trips with them or offering to help cook meals for the week in case they forget. You will also want to find reasons to check for expired food since it may otherwise go unnoticed. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.

Taking the Keys

Taking the Keys: If your loved one is reluctant to give up driving, ask a trusted doctor to talk with them. Have the doctor write out, “Do Not Drive” on a prescription pad so you can pull out the note when a reminder is needed. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.

Communication Tip: Focus on the Present Moment

Focus on the Present Moment: Don’t ask them to “remember” things that happened in the past. Instead, try talking about what you remember happening and how they were a part of it. Contact Senior Transitions if you need help caring for your aging parent or grandparent by calling (850) 894-6720.