Your Guide When It Comes to Coping with Dementia
If you are diagnosed with dementia, you will encounter challenges ahead, but that does not mean that your life is over. Fear, denial, loneliness, anger, depression and frustration; these are just some of the different emotions you will experience. Being aware and prepared for these challenges will not only benefit you but also the people around you.
How to Cope with Dementia
Below are the things that you can bear in mind so you and your family can be at ease while you cope with the disease.
- Stay healthy by getting enough rest, proper diet and regular exercise.
- Make sure to get regular check-ups and take your medication as prescribed. If you want to make changes to your regimen, consult your doctor first.
- Alcohol could make you feel better whenever you feel emotional but this is just temporary. This is one thing that should be avoided. Drinking alcohol can also cause other health and mental problems plus it could interact with the medicines you are taking.
- To help you keep track of things, you can put a label on your doors, cabinets and drawers. This way, your belongings will be organised and it will be easier for you to find them.
- You can keep a journal to jot down your thoughts and deal with your feelings.
- Be part of a dementia support group so you can know more about your disease and for you to associate and share experiences with other people who are going through similar difficulties.
- List down important emergency contacts and phone numbers and keep it with you at all times in case of emergencies. Also, make sure to have a written schedule handy so you can monitor the timetable of your medication and other important tasks and appointments.
- Do tasks one at a time. Only do difficult tasks at times of the day when you feel you are able to perform them well. Do not force yourself. Determine if the tasks are necessary and allow yourself sufficient time to finish them.
- Identify the triggers that cause you stress, worry or anxiety so you can make plans or decisions in advance regarding the type of activities you want to take part in.
- Carefully plan for the future. Consider dementia care at home so you can be comfortable in your daily routines when your disease develops to the point where you can no longer take care of yourself.
You can make your life easier and enjoyable even if you are diagnosed with dementia with the help of your friends and loved ones. They are your source of strength and can help get you through hard times. Don’t be scared and never hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
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