KUSA - This is Alzheimer's Month. It's a time to learn more about something that affects 1 in 3 families in Colorado, as well as some of the tools to help families living with the disease.
Ways To Help
1. Educate yourself about Alzheimer's disease.
2. Learn about its effects and how to respond.
3. Stay in touch.
4. A card, a call or a visit means a lot and shows you care.
5. Be patient.
6. Adjusting to an Alzheimer's diagnosis is an ongoing process
and each person reacts differently.
7. Offer a shoulder to lean on.
8. The disease can create stress for the entire family. Simply
offering your support and friendship is helpful.
9. Engage the person with dementia in conversation.
It's important to involve the person in conversation even
when his or her ability to participate becomes more limited.
10. Offer assistance to help the family tackle its to-do list.
Prepare a meal, run an errand or provide a ride. Engage family members in activities. Invite them to go on a walk or participate in other activities. Offer family members a reprieve.
By spending time with the person with dementia, family
members can go out alone or visit with friends. The key is
flexibility. Don't get frustrated if your offer for support is not accepted immediately. The family may need time to assess its own needs.
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