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With 1 in 10 seniors suffering from dementia in Singapore, you are likely to know a close family member or friend with the medical condition. Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, but when the family bands together (kids included) to provide the right support, it can make a difference and care-giving won’t seem so daunting!
Whether it is your Grandma or Grandpa who has dementia, here are three ways the whole family can pitch in to help care for your senior:
While many in the early stages of dementia can enjoy life as they always have, the gradual decline may mean the family needs to step in to support the person to live life as fully as they can.
The family can help Ah Kong with the everyday tasks or do it together with him:
Nenek may experience a progressive decline in cognitive functions and experience memory loss and confusion. Many people with dementia can remember things from long ago, but not things from a few minutes ago. Sometimes, Nenek may not recognise you, but your love and understanding will be a great comfort to her.
Here’s some ways you can help to keep Nenek engaged and jog her memory:
Amma may also not recognise foods, refuse foods or ask for unusual food. One tip is to prepare food in smaller portions that she likes, and be prepared for changes in food tastes. Rope in Junior to lead Amma to the dining table, or help to bring her fluids in a cup that is easy to hold.
Try these tips to make mealtimes less stressful:
Caring for a family member with dementia can be demanding and stressful. Remember to also look after your own needs and connect with dementia support groups. Finally, avoid leaving your child or young person alone in-charge, unless you are certain they can manage.
Tags: Elderly Care /Health Matters
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