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 most effective of occasions, holidays generally is a combined bag for households who’re caring for a liked one with an age-related sickness that causes bodily and psychological adjustments. Deal with 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 important sicknesses reminiscent of Alzheimer’s disease could also be experiencing different emotions, reminiscent of unhappiness, fear and even exhaustion. Typically the most effective present we can provide to one another is to be current,” Lundquist suggested in a Rutgers information launch.
With journey frowned upon due to the pandemic, it is probably not doable to see your family in individual. However you may nonetheless attain out. “Examine in together with your aged relations, particularly those that are caregivers. Ask them how they’re doing after which actually pay attention. 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 submit, calling a couple of occasions every week to simply chat could also be the most effective presents. Writing a letter telling them what you imply to them and the way they’ve impacted your life is a superb present they will learn time and again.”
Lundquist additionally provided recommendation on serving to individuals who have a liked one in a nursing house or who misplaced a liked one this 12 months.
“Name them to examine in, ship a handwritten notice, drop off flowers or ship a textual content to say ‘pondering of you,’ which may also help ease loneliness and social isolation. Allow them to know that simply because their liked one shouldn’t 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 cellphone, by textual content or by 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