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Living with Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Care Tips for Patients & Caregivers

July  31,  2017 in

Living with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of late-stage dementia can be a challenge not only for the patient, but also for their loved ones and caregivers. The disease has its ups and downs and this instability can be emotionally taxing on everyone involved. However, there are things that can be done to improve the quality of life to ease the strain of living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to put life on hold—here are a handful of tips for living and growing with the condition.

Care Tips For Alzheimer’s Patients

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia can be a disconcerting experience, but you can improve your life by taking the following into consideration:

  • Accept Change — Alzheimer’s can make simple tasks like managing money or sticking to a schedule seem difficult. Though the change may affect you and your loved ones emotionally, you can combat associated stress by accepting the fact that these symptoms are part of the overall condition. Learning to live with the condition will allow you and those around you to adapt to what’s best for everyone.
  • Identify Challenging Tasks — You may come to discover that certain tasks are overwhelmingly challenging compared to how they once were. Identifying these and communicating with your caregiver will help to reduce potential issues going forward.
  • Avoid Multi-tasking — Frustration can often result for Alzheimer’s patients who attempt to multitask. Stick to one task at a time, which will allow you to engage with complete focus.

Care Tips For Caregivers

Caregivers are up against a multitude of challenges when providing Alzheimer’s support. You can lessen the load by incorporating the following into your day:

  • Create a Daily Routine — Routine is one of the most important things to consider when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient. You can do a great deal of good by helping the patient settle into a routine that stays more or less the same each day, always making it clear when and why shifts in the norm will occur.
  • Join a Dementia Support Group — There are a great deal of support groups available to those who are living with a friend or family member who is living with dementia. Joining a dementia support group is a great way to lose the sense of isolation that can sometimes come along with being a caregiver.
  • Focus on Financial Security — Any considerations that can be made to improve the financial stability of your patient are worth looking into.

Don’t let Alzheimer’s or dementia get in the way of living your life, whether you’ve been diagnosed or are caring for someone who has. If you and your family need financial assistance due to your condition and you currently own a life insurance policy, our Funds For Living program may be able to help you live life comfortably without financial stress.

*Fifth Season Financial is not a financial advisor or consultant and recommends that you speak to an advisor or expert before making any significant financial decisions.

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