parents are fit and well, but still I worry.
I know they are getting older and with each birthday celebrated I
cherish another year of them in my life but panic how many more do we have
together. I am very forgetful and my mum
is as ditsy as me, because of this I instantly fear the worst and think of
dementia! Although in my case its more
likely baby brain (can that last almost 7 years?!?) and my mum is just usually
pre-occupied with a million different things (she makes cards, jewellery and
bags!). But just in case I have done my
can be hard to know how to best support someone close to you suffering from
dementia. It can be a scary time for
them and they might feel anxious and confused, even though their behaviour
might have changed and they could be continually repeating themselves or
getting frustrated and angry with you, its important to remain calm and realise
its just the condition and not take it personally, don’t give up on them.
article from the NHS
is very useful, its amazing how much help and resources are out there though if
you know where to look. You are not
alone sadly many families are going through the exact same things. The NHS says some of the behavioural changes
could be down to boredom in that case puzzles for
dementia might prove useful, not only providing entertainment but
assisting with keeping their mind stimulated.
Other than jigsaws there are many
other activities for dementia that you can consider, its important to have
an active mind. It’s vital to still
have a purpose and working through activities with your parents or grandparents
will let them know they are loved and valued, you want to do as much as you can
to help them feel settled and relaxed.
My parents are still
very busy, boredom is not an issue if anything they probably like the odd bit
of peace and quiet when their grandchildren are not running amuck in their
house! But I think its good to be aware
of how to help, as there is no getting round the fact that my parents are
getting older. I want to be by their
side through everything, as they have never failed to support me as I have
grown up, it’s my turn to repay that debt however best I can. I really love them so very much.