Are you experiencing slight personality changes in your loved one as they continue to age? This is an extremely common trait which you may experience and may be ever so slight over time or more dramatic in terms of its impact. There are many ways to cope and prepare for these scenarios and below are a few suggestions.
- Keep Things Simple – This cannot be stressed enough. It may sound silly, but the less complicated you keep things when assisting your elderly loved one during their aging process the better. If you ask a question and they provide an answer which may not include all the details you need, see if there is a way for you to help the situation by finding out the information on your own. Continuing to push them to provide you with answers is probably not the best way to handle the situation if you can avoid it.
- Attend a Local Support Group – There are a multitude of support groups which exist in all areas of the country and touch on this exact subject matter. Make sure you take the time to learn about the support tools which are out there to provide you with personality changes you may experience and who to speak with about these. When you are being supported, you are then able to provide the best support to your loved one while managing their senior care. A great resource for locating these support groups can be http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx. Additionally, please contact us at Elder Care at Home for any assistance during this tough time.
- Avoid Arguments and Negativity – When spending time with your loved ones it is best to make it impactful, even if only for a short while. Whether you are stopping by for 10 minutes to say hello and drop off a meal, or spending the week together, it is important to avoid arguments and any negativity. When someone you love is experiencing memory loss or various personality changes as they age take the time to be patient with them. Stay as positive as you can even if a difficult situation occurs. This can make all the difference during their transition as they cope with elderly personality changes.
Contact us today at Elder Care at Home and see if we can help you prep for the changes you may encounter with your loved one as they cope with the personality changes that may come as they experience aging.