This is the season most known for being thankful yet I think it’s also a season for showing gratitude.
The definition of gratitude. . .
The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
“To return kindness”, that’s exactly what we all need to do more of, not only during the holiday season but all year long.
You probably know someone right now that could use a helping hand. What about your friend or family member that’s in the role of a caregiver? What better gift to give than that of helping someone else?
10 ways to help a family member or friend living with Alzheimer’s or dementia:
- Educate yourself about Alzheimer’s disease. Learn about its effects and how to respond.
- Stay in touch. A card, a call or visit means a lot and shows you care.
- Be patient. Adjusting to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is an ongoing process and each person reacts differently.
- Offer a shoulder to lean on. The disease can create stress for the entire family. Simply offering your support and friendship is helpful.
- Engage the person with dementia in conversation. It’s important to involve the person in conversation even when his or her ability to to participate becomes more limited.
- Offer to help a family member with their to-do list. Prepare a meal, run an errand or provide a ride.
- Engage family members in activities. Invite them to go on a walk or participate in other activities.
- Offer family members a reprieve. Spend time with the person with dementia so family members can go out alone or visit with friends.
- Be flexible. Don’t get frustrated if your offer for support is not accepted immediately. The family may need time to assess its needs.
- Get involved. Show your support by becoming an advocate or participating in events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® or The Longest Day® event.
Provided by Alzheimer’s Association®, www.alz.org/care
Many of these suggestions can be used to help all kinds of caregivers not just caregivers dealing with dementia.
You may have another idea of showing kindness to a caregiver. Whatever that is, take the initiative to reach out.
Holidays can be stressful even if you aren’t a caregiver; adding the role of caregiving into the mix can be devastating.
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