We hope you all had a lovely weekend and a good Monday!
This week’s video blog post deals with a very important topic in the field of dementia. People with dementia may sometimes behave aggressively, either physically or verbally, and this can be very stressful for the person and for their caregivers. Although people with dementia have the same needs as everyone they may be unable to recognise their needs. They often don’t know how to meet these needs or even communicate them to others. This is clearly frustrating and can lead to angry behaviour. It is essential for caregivers to try to understand the reasons behind this behaviour although it might be hard sometimes.
Tommy also experienced situations like that while caring for his mum. Watch the video to find out how he dealt with it:
Although it is a very difficult situation for the caregiver, it should not be forgotten that the person with dementia is having a hard time as well. There are ways of reacting to challenging situations like this:
One of our previous blog posts already touched on the subject of loneliness. Back then, we focused on the issue of people with dementia and elderly people being lonely. It is no surprise that loneliness is an equally big problem for caregivers. We asked Tommy about why this topic is so important and what can be done to help with loneliness.
Last week we heard about some of the positive takeaways Tommy had while caring for his Mum. This week we wanted to hear about his struggles and problems. A lot of you will definitely relate and we would love to read your comments about what the hardest part for you is or was. Are you asking for help? Watch Tommy tell us about his experiences:
We especially liked the end of his answer. It’s quite impressive how Tommy always finds a way to look on the bright side and already starts looking at solutions for the challenges ahead.
Loneliness and isolation seem to be big issues which is why next week’s Video Blog will be all about that.
Have a great week everyone!
by Gabriela Matic
Can lonely make you ill?
Researchers say: Yes! Even if you feel happy in your solitude, studies associate social isolation and loneliness with increased mortality.
I have to admit that these recent headlines really left me with a bad conscience. It has been weeks since I've called my grandparents the last time, and you do feel like a terrible person when it takes a news article to remind you of that. Before you pick up the phone because you feel the same way, take a couple of minutes and make sure you understand why loneliness is a serious issue for all of us:
The problem of loneliness is especially present during Christmas time. Dr. Ishani Kar-Purkayastha wrote about Doris, an 82-year old completely healthy lady in 2010. Doris was about to be sent back home from the hospital two days before Christmas. She pretended to be sick in the hope to be able to stay longer. Doris stands for so many lonely elderly people that struggle to deal with their situation, not only during the Christmas celebrations.