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3 Things Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Never Do

Don’t Be in Denial

When a loved one shows signs of dementia it’s painful to acknowledge it. It’s common for their friends and loved ones to be in denial. It’s easy to ignore the symptoms, make excuses for the person, or push the symptoms to the back of your mind.

The problem with denial is it doesn’t lead you to take your loved one to a primary care physician or neurologist for a complete workup. And the problem with that is that sometimes dementia is caused by health issues other than Alzheimer’s. Some of those problems can be treated or even reversed.

Don’t Ask “Do You Remember?”

Asking a person with Alzheimer’s if they remember something is a common mistake that’s easy to make. It’s almost as though we think we can jog their memory. But we rarely do. They have probably forgotten the event in question. That’s what people with Alzheimer’s do. They forget. So it’s better to say, “I remember when . . . ” and then tell them a story.

Don’t Argue With or Contradict the Person         

You can never win an argument with people who have dementia. They will stick to their guns to the bitter end! It’s much better to agree with them and then change the subject. This can prevent a nasty argument that would spoil your time with your loved one.

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3 Responses to “3 Things Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Never Do”

  1. Jolene Burns from Exira Care Center says:

    We have a CCDI unit in our care facility and I would like to know if I could use your article in our newsletter to our families. Thank YOu

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  2. Having read this I believed it was really informative.

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  3. What is the 3 weeks diet program of weight loss? Does it work?

    Never do with a person who has Alzheiemrer

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