Explaining Dementia To Family & Friends

If you have a family member who has recently been diagnosed dementia, each day will prove to be a difficult and unique challenge. At Renaissance in Richfield, we understand how challenging it can be to witness the deterioration of a loved one’s memory which is why we’ve compiled a few strategies to aid in the discussion with family members and friends.

Educate Yourself

While the cure for dementia remains undiscovered, recent advances in medical practices have allowed us to learn numerous facts and symptoms about the disease. Doctors diagnose types of dementia through observing a patient’s medical history, laboratory tests, physical exams and observing their day-to-day activities. If you believe a loved one may be suffering from dementia, reach out to our dementia care professionals today.

Be Honest

When it comes to breaking the news of dementia and memory loss to children, remember to be as clear as possible when explaining the illness and the behaviors associated with it. Dementia can often progress towards severe memory loss and challenging situations like forgetting the names and faces of the ones you love the most. Be sure to offer your family and friends an opportunity to ask questions and express their feelings fully. There are also a number of support groups available for family members and friends of dementia patients.

Know It’s Not Your Fault

One of the unfortunate side effects of advanced dementia is aggression. It’s common for family members and friends to believ
e their words and actions are the root of their loved ones aggression, which is surely not the case. Be sure to remind yourself, friends and family members that your loved ones aggressive behavior is not the result of anyone action’s.

In most cases of dementia aggression, your loved one is attempting to communicate with you but lacks the ability to clearly express their needs. If you notice common triggers that promote aggressive behavior, try to pinpoint why these triggers make your loved one so upset.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed about the diagnosis of a loved one, don’t be afraid to ask for help from our healthcare professionals at Renaissance in Richfield. With a staff fully trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and a specifically designed memory care community, our facility is one of the leading long-term care communities in Ohio. Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living community!