“You’re right. I have good days and bad days but it’s always nice when you (grandchildren) visit, and when you give me a little bit of help.”
In our society, children are usually encouraged to spend as much time as possible with grandparents – whether we live in a joint family or a nuclear family. Sometimes, it’s complicated when an older person is diagnosed with dementia due to the memory loss and confusion. Explaining this condition to kids can be tough.
This video simplifies the task by presenting what happens to people with dementia in simple language. It covers how they behave and what they need. That helps the family, especially younger grandchildren to understand dementia, contribute to the caregiving process and help the loved one to cope.
“So although my grandma has dementia, she is still the same person – my grandma who likes baking cakes, telling stories and singing.”
People with dementia can or cannot practice their hobbies depending on the stage of disease, it is important that caregivers assist them in doing things they like for as long as possible. Committing time to a hobby for the loved one allows for some psychological well-being, which is essential.
“If you know someone with dementia, it’s nice to make them feel loved and respected, as we all like to feel.”
Caregivers need to step into the shoes of a patient with dementia several times to ensure that they’re treated with the same respect as anyone else, even though it is often exhausting.
If you can identify with this story, please share it with others who care for someone and help them share too. The feeling of understanding, not being alone and access to support is what keeps caregivers going.
Sharing your story helps understand yourself — feelings, passions, hopes. It lightens the load and offers relief from loneliness, anxiety, anger or guilt. Our experiences and hopes can benefit others – to know that the challenges are the same, learn new ways to cope and care… they aren’t alone but part of a team.
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Source: Alzheimer’s Society
This YouTube video has been curated by Caregiver Saathi. All Rights are Reserved with the original publisher and creators.