As September marks the sixth month of social distancing measures nationwide, the strain placed on the aging population continues to grow – leaving older adults with dementia more agitated and restless, and family caregivers at a loss for how to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.While caring for an individual with memory loss requires a great deal of time and patience year-round, the coronavirus has placed a unique set of emotional and physical demands on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, with
nearly 82% reporting higher stress due to COVID-19 in a recent study by
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s A-LIST.The pandemic has upended normal ways of life. For those supporting a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it’s no surprise that stress is at an all-time high. However, no one should feel the need to travel this journey alone. There are many online communities and resources available to guide them.September is
World Alzheimer’s Month, a good reminder for family caregivers to refresh care approaches and evaluate areas where assistance may be needed. Incorporating the following tips into daily care routine can empower individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and establish a positive environment.Tips to Establish a Positive Caregiving Environment
Above all, remember you know your family member best. Release any pressure you’re placing on yourself to memorize an exact list of tips in order to be a good caregiver – use what you know and admire about your loved one to guide your care and connect with them in meaningful ways. Take each day as it comes, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help if stress starts to wear down your physical or mental health.
With the right resources and support, you can set yourself up for success and provide the right level of care. To learn more, visit
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