Family Dementia SupportAug 26, 2023
Whether they're made of steel, concrete, or wood, bridges connect us to people, places, and life experiences.
Without them, our world would become much harder to navigate and would limit us in more ways than we can imagine.
Today, we're exploring a different kind of bridge: a metaphorical one centered on communication.
Just as a bridge connects two points, communication connects you with other people, making it possible for you to share ideas, learn new things, and connect on an emotional level.
But what happens when that bridge, communication, begins to crumble under the weight of dementia?
If you're a family caregiver supporting a loved one living with dementia, you might be noticing they:
- Regularly repeat questions or statements…
- Struggle to express their thoughts and ideas…
- Have trouble comprehending words…
- Become easily frustrated or even angry...
These changes in communication can be unsettling, but there are ways you can ease anxiety and maintain an emotional connection.
One highly effective way is through participation in a dementia family coaching program.
Empowering Caregivers with Dementia Family Coaching
What would it feel like to be in their shoes?
Imagine not being able to find the words to express your thoughts or desires.
When your loved one struggles to find words or has difficulty expressing their thoughts, be patient and give them time to process.
Be aware of your facial expressions.
Are you conveying a sense of understanding or confusion?
Now, imagine how hard it would be if you only understood 1 of every 3 or 4 words someone said to you.
This is where our dementia family coaching program can provide invaluable support.
We offer guidance on choosing simpler words, speaking in short sentences (3-5 words at a time), and speaking more slowly to give your loved one time to respond.
And finally, imagine someone regularly telling you you're wrong when you absolutely know you're right.
We know it can be hard to resist, but correcting your loved one living with dementia is not helpful.
When it comes to dementia care, the greatest act of love is accepting their reality.
Our dementia family coaching program will teach you a new way to respond that reduces stress and makes caregiving so much easier!
Your Role as the Bridge in Dementia Care
Unlike physical ailments you can see, dementia is invisible.
This can lead to unrealistic expectations and misunderstandings.
On the surface, they look fine, but beneath that exterior, their cognitive abilities are undergoing profound changes.
And because they are unable to change, you, as a family caregiver, are the bridge between their internal struggles and the outside world.
So, put on your hard hat and safety harness and inspect your bridge.
If it's in disrepair, you know what to do.
Consider exploring our dementia caregiver support programs.
When you work with us, you will enhance your caregiving skills and show up as that vital bridge for your loved one living with dementia.
Reach out to Robin and Lee at You and Me Aging for Guidance on Dementia Family Coaching – Sign up now to share your story and learn what's possible!
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