New Year's resolutions for caregivers
(NC) Caregiving can be a wonderful and satisfying experience but can also represent a challenge. It is important to realize that the social needs of people with Alzheimer's disease are no different than those of others in their age group. What is different is how those needs are acknowledged. This time of the year is a good time to start thinking about making some New Year's resolutions that may help you better cope with the role you are playing and that will impact positively on the person you are caring for. Here are a few suggestions:
1. I'll try not to reason; instead, I'll find a diversion
2. I won't lecture, I'll reassure
3. I'll replace the word 'remember' with 'reminisce'
4. I promise not to argue; instead, I'll agree
5. I promise not to say "I told you"; I'll just go ahead and repeat what I said
6. I won't say 'you can't do that'; instead I'll say "do what you can"
7. I promise never to give commands; I'll ask or show by example
8. I won't be condescending; I'll encourage and praise
9. I promise not to force but to reinforce
Where to get help
- Call your local Alzheimer Society, call 1-800-616-8816 or visit www.alzheimer.ca Ask for a copy of the brochure Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease? Take Care of yourself Too.
- Victoria Order of Nurses www.von.ca