Caring for Someone with Dementia
For CaregiversWhen an individual receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, they are not the only ones who are affected. Dementia can profoundly impact the lives of those closest to the person, including caregivers, family members, and friends.
People who are caring for someone with dementia will experience the challenges associated with the disease in their own unique way. It is important to recognize that there are many different approaches to supporting someone with dementia, and caregivers often need to explore a variety of techniques and strategies to determine what works best for them.
Caregiving can be extremely challenging, both physically and emotionally. As the disease progresses, you may be required to provide different types of support, from assisting with financial decisions to helping the person complete everyday tasks. At times this may feel overwhelming. But there is hope. By educating yourself about dementia and learning caregiving techniques, you have the ability to maintain quality of life for both you and your family member.
Caregiving can often become a 24-hour-a-day job. Recognize that you cannot travel alone in your journey with dementia. You and your family member will benefit greatly from the help of those around you who care, including friends and family members. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is available to provide you with support and information as you learn to cope with dementia, both now and in the future.