Auburn, NH Blog

How to Provide Dementia Care for a Loved One in Public

In the beginning stages of dementia, the little changes your mother or father may experience may be so subtle that no one would suspect. In fact, the embarrassing moments are a bit amusing, but not for your loved one. What you and others may find amusing and natural for your parent’s age, your loved one can feel frustrated and anxious about. Your mom or dad recognizes their little guffaws, and may choose not to go out in public as a result. Dementia care experts advise this is very normal and acknowledging that this is an issue for your mother or father is crucial for their well-being.

Being supportive of your parent’s needs and recognizing the changes they are experiencing is the first step that dementia care suggests you should take. It is in your parent’s best interest to have you or a companion assist them. If they forget something, don’t laugh about it, just make sure to help them. When meeting up with friends and family greet people by saying their name, that way your mother or father will hear their name, saving them additional frustration.

Dementia care reminds you that keeping mom or dad involved in activities they enjoy will help them maintain cognitive skills longer. If their mind is engaged often, it will help them stay sharp for longer. It is also crucial to remember that your parent is human and not perfect. Just like you and others, they may make mistakes. Just as you don’t want unnecessary attention if you make a mistake in public, be ready to support and assist your loved one.

Not everyone will experience dementia in their lifetime, however, if they do, it does not make them any less a person who deserves love and respect.

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