Sharing the burden – how to cope with dementia and Alzheimer as a family
Despite the fact that some family members seem to be reluctant to help you with your task to care about a dementia or Alzheimer patient it is important to get them «on board» to help you with everyday tasks. Remember: Accusations will lead nowhere and will always result in stiffer rejections of the patient and yourself.
Watching someone progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s or other dementia is very stressful. Also, there may be guilt associated with the inability to “do more to help the person.” When working with other family members, it is important to remember the following:
– Family members adjust to the client’s condition in unique, individual ways.
– The process of adjustment involves grief and loss – anticipatory grief, i.e. grieving before death occurs.