By Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — The coronavirus pandemic makes the vacations much more troublesome for caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s disease and different types of dementia, an knowledgeable says.
“Even in the perfect of instances, holidays generally is a combined bag for households who’re caring for a beloved one with an age-related sickness that causes bodily and psychological modifications. Concentrate on household togetherness and pleasure,” mentioned Mary Catherine Lundquist, program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline for caregivers of individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s illness.
The helpline is operated by Rutgers College Behavioral Well being Care in New Jersey.
“Individuals coping with vital diseases comparable to Alzheimer’s disease could also be experiencing different emotions, comparable to disappointment, fear and even exhaustion. Generally the perfect reward we may give to one another is to be current,” Lundquist suggested in a Rutgers information launch.
With journey frowned upon due to the pandemic, it might not be potential to see your kinfolk in individual. However you may nonetheless attain out. “Test in together with your aged relations, particularly those that are caregivers. Ask them how they’re doing after which actually hear. Be nonjudgmental and acknowledge what they’re sharing,” she instructed.
“Hear for what they actually need, not for what you suppose they want — after which supply it,” Lundquist mentioned. “Dropping off groceries, fixing a damaged fence publish, calling a couple of instances per week to simply chat could also be the perfect presents. Writing a letter telling them what you imply to them and the way they’ve impacted your life is a superb reward they’ll learn repeatedly.”
Lundquist additionally provided recommendation on serving to individuals who have a beloved one in a nursing house or who misplaced a beloved one this 12 months.
“Name them to verify in, ship a handwritten observe, drop off flowers or ship a textual content to say ‘considering of you,’ which may also help ease loneliness and social isolation. Allow them to know that simply because their beloved one will not be in the home with them anymore, they don’t seem to be forgotten,” she mentioned.
Even if you cannot see folks in individual, join with them over the telephone, by textual content or via social media, Lundquist instructed.
The American Academy of Household Physicians provides recommendation on caregiver health and wellness.
SOURCE: Rutgers College, information launch, Dec. 2, 2020