There are many daunting questions and looming fears when someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It can be stressful and often times upsetting to witness the diagnosed live through the progression of the disease. Everyone in their life is affected by the changes and challenges that come with dementia, especially the chosen primary caregiver. As with anyone caring for a sick family member or friend there is one primary goal, to help the diagnosed individual maximize their life and personal sense of independence.
As they pass through the stages of the disease, reality may become more commonly askew and you may find they are more often confused. It may be easier on them, and you, to fully comprehend their reality is altered at that moment. As with someone who is sleepwalking, you don’t want to jolt them “out of it”. Meet them in their reality and gently walk them through it. Forcing them to understand their reality is not a tangible one will only cause them mental and emotional harm. If your loved one confuses facts, don’t correct them. Continue to speak with them in a way that may gently jog their memory.
With a little time, understanding and patience, they may accurately recall facts on their own. It’s key to help an Alzheimer’s patient feel safe in whatever reality they are experiencing. Speak to them clearly and with compassion. Their memories may be hazy but who they are is intact, so treat them with respect. Support them in their transition and lead the way with peaceful, loving living assistance.