Communicating with Your Loved One

As a caregiver, you will find that you’ll need to adjust how to you interact with your loved one with memory problems. In particular, you may find that as the need for assistance increases, your loved one with memory problems may not always react well to being “told what to do,” as you direct him so he’s safe and cared for. Here are some tips for improving your communications.

If this feels difficult to do day-after-day, you’re right. this is not easy….for either of you. When things get really tough, step back, take a deep breath, and move forward, one day at a time. Remember to take care of yourself too, which sometimes can be the hardest task of all for the caregiver. You can help your loved one best by making sure to stay healthy yourself, and maintaining your own energy and strength.