How to Best Care and Support Those with Dementia

Playing How to Care for Someone Suffering with Dementia

The Doctors share the sobering statistic that every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia, which can have devastating consequences on the individual and their loved ones.

Ashlee is caring for her 87-year-old grandmother, who is suffering from the disease. She says her grandmother becomes more confused at night, which is called sundowning. She is hoping to get advice on how to best care for someone with dementia. "It's harder than I expected, I don't know how to be caregiver, and a wife, and a mom," she shares. 

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Dementia care trainer Beth Friesen says her best advice to share with Ashlee is the following, "You cannot pour from an empty cup. You have to care for yourself while you are taking care of others." She stresses that Ashlee allow time for herself away from caregiving and also make time to spend with her children and husband.

She also notes there should be no guilt associated with what level of care someone can provide a loved one dealing with dementia. "Sometimes the best thing you can do for a loved one, if you're not a caregiver, is to not care for them. That can be the right answer for some," she says.

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Beth stresses the top priority for someone with dementia is their safety, along with a good quality of life and as much dignity as possible.

In order to help Ashlee continue to care for her grandmother, The Doctors gift her with 10 free therapy sessions with Doctor On Demand. Certified senior advisor Jennifer Baillie of Next Stage Senior Guidance gives her with concierge services for three months, Laughter on Call will provide comedy care, and Eat Clean Bro will provide 3,000 worth of free meals.


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