3 Strategies That Can Help When Dealing with a Difficult Loved One Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

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Posted: 4/21/2016 10:11 AM by Interim HealthCare

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Caring for an elderly loved one who has Alzheimer's disease and who is a little bit difficult already can feel like an impossible task. You may find yourself frustrated and on the receiving end of more than your fair share of yelling and abuse. Once you learn to master some techniques, though, you can find yourself in a much calmer state of mind far more often.

Avoid Topics That Start Arguments

Whenever possible, don't bring up topics that tend to start arguments with your loved one. This may take quite a few topics off the table, conversationally speaking, but that can be a blessing in disguise. If possible, come up with a list of safe topics that you can distract your loved one with when she brings up one of the difficult topics. This can take practice, but eventually you'll be able to smoothly substitute another topic whenever you need to.

Change the Subject

Sometimes you might be in the middle of a conversation that is normally safe and your loved one might become agitated or argumentative. You thought you were okay, and suddenly this topic is a hot button issue. Use the same technique that you would use if a dangerous topic were presented and make a quick subject change. Changing the subject may feel odd at first, but it can be enough of a distraction to keep your loved one occupied and away from whatever agitated her before.

Agree, Agree, Agree

Another way to defuse conversations with a difficult elderly loved one is to simply agree with whatever she has to say. This can be difficult when you first start trying to agree, especially if you're agreeing with a flat out wrong statement or with a point of view with which you don't agree. The problem is that when an elderly loved one is difficult already and has Alzheimer's disease, reality isn't always in attendance. You have to make a choice between a peaceful situation and trying to be the one that's right.
Ask your loved one's elderly care providers how they talk with people who are difficult and who have Alzheimer's disease. They've definitely learned how to get along with loved ones like this and how to keep them comfortable.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home home care in Ogden UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today (801) 206-9366.

Brenda Funk, CSA,  Owner, Interim HealthCare, Ogden, UT
Brenda Funk, owner of Interim HealthCare of Ogden, is an active member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, the world's largest organization dedicated to certifying professionals who serve seniors. Additionally, Brenda holds the designation of Certified Senior Advisor.

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