February is called a month of LOVE. I was asked in the past, “What do you do when your loved one acts like a child?” My response was, “You treat them with respect as your elder”.
What are some ways to love the person with dementia? All senses are altered, and it is difficult for the brain to process the changes. Reaching out and touching, hugging, or holding hands can go a long way in calming an agitated loved one.
Playing old hymns or other soft music of their era will sometimes provide comfort and calm.
It is never easy for the caregiver, but showing love in facial expressions and actions can go a long way in maintaining a peaceful environment.
If you are in the Clemson, SC area, I will be teaching a course titled “Dealing with Dementia” at
OLLI (Clemson’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
OLLI - CHEEZEM EDU CENTER (map)
100 Thomas Green Blvd.
Clemson, SC 29631
Wednesday, February 21 at 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Sign up at www.olliatclemson.org – Limit 20