Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges. We hope to share some tips that can help. Some of you may have seen this article or articles like this recently, but we thought that this article from healthline.com had some great advice on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s during this pandemic: https://bit.ly/2xMkAz1.
One tip that really stood out was number four in the article – ‘explain the pandemic in relatable terms’. It says that we will know the cognitive and emotional state of our loved ones and that there may be small things that can cause them anxiety or stress, so take that into consideration and choose your words wisely. Maybe relate to an event from their childhood that they may remember more. Stay calm and reassuring and understand that this may have to be explained again.
The last tip is about self-care. This is something that I have been trying to focus on. It’s crucial that we keep ourselves healthy, both mentally and physically during this time so we have the capacity to take care of our loved ones. I have been eating healthier, trying to exercise, and making sure I get enough sleep to ensure that I am taking care of myself too.
We hope the article can help all of you as it has helped us! Sending empathy and love to all during this unprecedented and difficult time.