Vim & Vigor - Summer 2017 - North Mississippi - 20
You can care for a loved one with
dementia, as well as yourself.
A CAREGIVER'S GUIDE
5 tips for coping with this
SUMM ER 2017
"When you're caregiving for
someone with dementia, there's this idea
of ambiguous loss," explains Amanda
Hartrey, a licensed marriage and family
therapist and a family consultant with
the Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA).
"You might have known them as your
spouse or parent. And they look the
same. But they're not the same person."
And that can lead to intense grief-
almost as if the person had died.
"You're grieving the loss of your mom,
dad, husband or wife, but they're sitting in front of you," she says. "There's
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He doesn't know who you are. She can't dress herself. He leaves
the stove on while making his tea and wanders off. Where is the
parent or spouse you knew?
Dementia is an umbrella term that describes various conditions
that result in a decline in memory and other cognitive abilities.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It's
an incredibly hard thing to witness in a loved one, and it can be
challenging to care for someone with dementia. You can take a
few steps that might help lighten the load.