It can be daunting to care for an adult who suffers from cognitive impairment. Here are some tips that can help:
- Remember to be patient
- Anticipate the ups and downs
- Be compassionate
- Keep your sense of humor alive
- Remember who your loved one was prior to the impairment, and that it is the disease, and not the person, causing the behavior.
- Reminiscing can be therapeutic for both the senior and caregiver, as is singing old songs.
- When communicating, keep your language simple and ask one question at a time. Be patient waiting for responses. Even for the healthy older adult, processing information and organizing thoughts takes a bit longer.
- Medical and social adult day programs can be very helpful in engaging the cognitively impaired senior, offering programs and services to maximize her/his functional abilities.