Caring For Someone With Dementia Or Alzheimer’s

by | Oct 2, 2019

Dementia is a brain disorder that can be caused by either disease or trauma. The disorder is degenerative which means that condition will continue to worsen over time.

The most common form of Dementia is Alzheimer’s. If one of your loved ones has Alzheimer’s then they may have difficulty with decision making, memory, reasoning and verbal communication. Depending on how advanced their condition may be, they may suffer from only mild symptoms or they may be at a severe stage where they have difficulty recognizing even family and friends.

It can be challenging to care for someone who has dementia. It can be physically demanding and stressful as well. By having a good understanding of how a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s is affected by their condition, you will be able to better assist them.

A person with Alzheimer’s may react in a variety of ways. They may become withdrawn, angry or emotional and they can react with irrational behavior. 

Many times this behavior can be a result of their frustration with trying to communicate. It’s important that you take the time to try to understand what it is that they wish to share.

Remember that communication is extremely important to everyone. Make sure that you don’t avoid discussions with them, just because communicating is difficult.

When working with someone who has Alzheimer’s you should avoid being rushed or in a hurry. This will cause them to get anxious and will make conversations even more difficult.

When beginning a discussion with them, it’s a good idea to remove all background noise, such as televisions, radios or fans. Speak to them eye to eye and it can be helpful to gently touch them on the shoulder to get their attention.

Speak in a soft caring tone, using simple sentences to communicate. If they don’t understand the first time, repeat the same sentence to them. Allow them time to process what they hear. If it is not going well and there is too much frustration, you may need to come back later and try again.

Try to use as much body language as possible when communicating with them. If you want them to brush their hair in a certain way, then use hand motions to express yourself more clearly.

A person with Alzheimer’s or dementia can sometimes slip into their own world, which may be a different time or place in either their past or something they are imagining. Try to communicate with them in their world rather than trying to bring them back into yours. It is okay for them to be in this place unless it seems that they are troubled and discontent.

Many times a person with Alzheimer’s will struggle with the facts and with truth. Avoid getting into arguments with them. Instead, focus on their emotions and try to interpret what they mean by observing their body language.


If you have any questions about caring for someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s feel free to call us at Duluma. We offer home health care solutions in a compassionate and professional manner. We provide a full range of options for adults and seniors from personal care to senior companion care services to patient transportation services and more. Our team of skilled nurses also can provide infusion services in the comfort of your own home.

Our services are available throughout Nevada including the areas of Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Henderson. Call us today at our Reno office at 775-440-6244 or in our Las Vegas office at 702-800-2862. You can also email us at care@duluma.com.

Life is challenging. It doesn’t have to be inconvenient. Duluma’s experienced home health caregivers are in your neighborhood to bring you and your loved ones the care services you need and the peace of mind you deserve. Request your complementary consultation today.


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