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The early stages of dementia are often not as demanding as they would be if someone is in the later stages. This is an excellent time to talk to your loved ones about their condition and what you can expect. It’s also a good idea to plan for the future with your family members as your loved one can still make good decisions.

If your relative is in the central stages of dementia, your focus should be on making sure they’re safe. Follow a daily routine to help manage their condition. There are also various tips to help cope with the changes brought about by this condition.

 

Improving Quality of Life

The ability of people with dementia to communicate their thoughts and feelings is often affected by this condition. They may not be able to understand what you’re asking or even know what you’re looking for. This can be very frustrating. Follow these tips to improve communication.

  1. Try to maintain a positive tone of voice and body language. Also, keep your facial expressions pleasant. You can additionally use touch to show your loved one care.
  2. Speak slowly and calmly to get your loved one’s attention. Repeat the information or questions multiple times as you may get frustrated if they don’t respond immediately.
  3. If your loved one is feeling upset, angry, or sad, don’t ignore it. Instead, acknowledge their feelings and try to help them feel better. For instance, you can tell them that you’re aware of their condition and that they can go for a walk.

 

The Importance of Self-Care

As the primary caregiver of a loved one with dementia, you must also take care of yourself. If you’re feeling frustrated or tired, try taking a break. Support groups are also helpful as they can help you cope with the various challenges that accompany caregiving. 

A short-term care service known as respite care is also available for those with dementia. It can be provided by a local senior living group or a social services agency. This type of care allows the caregiver to take a break. Adult daycare centers are also available for those with dementia. These facilities can provide a consistent environment and allow your loved one to socialize.

Remember to ask for help from your friends or family members if you need it.