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Caring for a close friend or family member can be very trying, even if you’re only minimally helping out with care. Personality changes and behavior issues in a patient can be difficult to deal with. And the hardest issue you’ll have to cope with is slowly losing the person you care for and love.

You may have already received a great deal of advice regarding caring for your loved one with Alzheimer’s. It is important that you remember that not all advice is good advice. As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, below are a few things that you should never do.

1. Do not allow yourself to be in denial

Acknowledging that your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can be very difficult for a caregiver. Denial is quite common, which can lead to your loved one’s symptoms being ignored. When a caregiver is in denial about their loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia, they may ignore symptoms of the disease and other health symptoms which can be caused by these conditions, and the caregiver may forego taking their loved one to a physician for a workup, which can delay the beginning of treatment.

2. Quit asking, “Do you remember?”

It can be tempting to ask a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, “Do you remember?” As if this question could stimulate their memory. Unfortunately, it is rare that the memory can be jogged, and most times, the patient has forgotten this event. Instead of asking if your loved one remembers an event, phrase it like this; “I remember when” and go on to tell the story.

3. Never contradict or argue

Due to the nature of the disease, often a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia may say something that makes no sense at all, such as a far-fetched story or claiming to be someone they are not. Arguing is useless, as the patient will stick to their story, because that is what they believe at the time. It is a better solution to be agreeable rather than to argue. Just agree, change the subject, and move on.

4. Don’t stop visiting

There will come a painful time as Alzheimer’s progresses when your loved one may no longer seem to recognize you. Many relatives quit visiting at this point, which can be a detriment to the patient. In fact, they may recognize you but be unable to express it. They may enjoy a visit regardless of whether or not they truly know who is visiting. While it can be incredibly painful for you, a visit can still be stimulating and positive for your loved one.

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