At those times when you encounter someone with Alzheimer’s is critical to create an environment and communication that best matches what that individual needs. It is impossible to read the mind of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s and different people with the disease respond to situations differently. That being said, there are a few “best practices” you can adopt.
The call you feared was coming and were thankful every day – until today – that it had not. Mom has fallen and broken a hip. The adult siblings have been talking for several years about the condition of the mid-60’s house she lives in. The “kids” have been helping around when possible, but the conversations more recently have turned to “getting Mom some help”.
There are hundreds of thousands of loving family members whose primary responsibility every day is to take care of those who need them to survive. They are most often elderly parents, but sometimes more extended branches of the family tree. Knowing that meeting the needs of those who cannot care for themselves is rewarding. But it can be exhausting.