It can be daunting to care for an adult who suffers from cognitive impairment. Here are some tips that can help:

  1. Remember to be patient
  2. Anticipate the ups and downs
  3. Be compassionate
  4. Keep your sense of humor alive
  5. Remember who your loved one was prior to the impairment, and that it is the disease, and not the person, causing the behavior.
  6. Reminiscing can be therapeutic for both the senior and caregiver, as is singing old songs.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.